The Waitangi Tribunal is undertaking an urgent inquiry into the Treaty consistency of legislation, policies and practice around tamariki Māori being brought into state care.
A constant theme of the contextual hearing on Friday August 9 was the need for genuine partnership with Māori.
In her brief of evidence, Chief Executive Gráinne Moss said the disparity of tamariki Māori entering the care system was unacceptable.
“We hear the calls from Māori that whānau, hapū and iwi must be empowered to care for their own Tamariki,” she said.
“We can’t do this alone. We accept the only way forward is to work in partnership with Māori and the whole of the Crown to make this real.”