Visualisation of all we want to be; the dreams and aspirations we have for our world, is fundamental to a Whānau Ora approach. It reminds us that no one can constrain or control us; that we are the architects of our own grand plans. Whether it is external forces or internal attitudes, we all have the capacity to be leaders, to be fearless, to fight for what is right, to live our best life.
And that is very much the message that we know we are prepared for as the nation enters into Phase 3 of the Traffic Light Framework. We know what is best for our whānau. It may mean we need to hang a sign on the door – no manuhiri at this time please. It may be we take particular caution about who enters our whare; the protocols we abide by in our own entry to home. We have to focus on our wellbeing, to make manifest the strength within, so whānau can be well.
On Thursday we presented our submission on the Oversight of Oranga Tamariki System and Children and Young People’s Commission Bill to the Social Services and Community Committee of Parliament.
In November 2020, former Oranga Tamariki Chief Executive Gráinne Moss admitted to structural racism within the organisation and stated that this racist system has caused “adverse effects for tamariki Māori, whānau, hapū and iwi” (WAI 2915, 2021, p. 5).
It is only two months ago, in November 2021, that Hāha-uri, Hāha-tea, a new report by Ihi Research, detailed the over-representation of tamariki Māori in state care, as well as the chronic systemic and structural racism and abuse experienced within the system.