Timeline: Oranga Tamariki chief executive Grainne Moss’ road to resignation


The resignation of Oranga Tamariki chief executive Grainne Moss adopted months of scrutiny on account of her presiding over a coverage that eliminated susceptible, predominantly Māori, kids from their moms and positioned them into state care.


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Right here is how her controversial tenure unfolded:

  • 31 March 2017: Youngster, Youth and Household is folded into Oranga Tamariki/Ministry for Children, which has its first day of operation underneath Moss.
  • 8 Could 2019: Information outlet Newsroom publishes ‘Don’t take my baby’, an article by investigations editor Melanie Reid detailing a standoff between Oranga Tamariki and midwives, legal professionals and whānau over the tried removing of a new child child from its mom at Hawke’s Bay Hospital.
  • 10 Could 2019: Moss defends how her employees dealt with the Hawke’s Bay case, calling their method caring and empathetic. The Māori midwife who fought to stop a younger mom from having her child taken away accuses Oranga Tamariki of bullying and racism of their method.



The pinnacle of Oranga Tamariki, Grainne Moss, is deeply involved concerning the rise in methamphetamine use and the consequences it has on kids and households. (Video first printed in October 2020)

Outgoing Oranga Tamariki CEO Grainne Moss.

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Outgoing Oranga Tamariki CEO Grainne Moss.

  • 7 November 2019: An internal Oranga Tamariki review into the incident finds that though security issues for the infant meant Oranga Tamariki did the fitting factor to become involved, errors have been made in the way it labored with the household and different companions. “I feel now we have prompted harm and hurt, and I am deeply, deeply sorry about that,” Moss tells RNZ in an interview.
  • 8 November 2019: Outstanding Māori chief Merepeka Raukawa-Tait, chair of the Whānau Ora Commissioning Company, calls for Oranga Tamariki to be shut down.
  • 16 January 2020: Official figures show Māori infants have been 5 instances extra seemingly than non-Māori infants to be taken into state care, and their charge of pressing entries into state care has doubled since 2010.
  • 31 January 2020: Oranga Tamariki backs Ngāti Porou’s whānau-based approach to cease any extra of their tamariki going into state care by 2025, however will not decide to new funding for it.
  • 3 February 2020: Māori-led investigation into Oranga Tamariki chaired by Dame Naida Glavish calls for a complete overhaul of the ministry, saying there have been unprecedented breaches of human rights and inhumane remedy of Māori girls. It says the Crown, by means of Oranga Tamariki, is failing to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • 24 February 2020: Ministry’s new “uplifts” complaints group experiences it is already reviewing 17 cases.
  • 25 March 2020: Alert level-four Covid-19 nationwide lockdown begins.
Former Minister for Children and NZ First MP Tracey Martin.


Former Minister for Kids and NZ First MP Tracey Martin.

Minister for Children, Corrections, and Associate Education minister Kelvin Davis.


Minister for Kids, Corrections, and Affiliate Training minister Kelvin Davis.



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