It has inevitably been heavily politicised, for example by the DomPost this morning. They like to bitch at the current Minister.
A crucial failing: while 58 percent of the children in care are Maori, the system often fails to meet their needs. Some extra senior Maori staff have been appointed, the report notes, but many Maori staff are overworked. Major change is needed here. What is the Minister, a Pakeha with no obvious empathy or experience in Maori issues, doing about it?So, the "system" often fails to meet the needs of Maori children.
First and foremost their parents and families failed to meet their needs.
All of these problems would disappear if every child had a parent or guardian dedicated to their needs. Pie in the sky? Not really. The Asian community almost achieves it.
The 0-17 Asian population in New Zealand is around 119,500 according to the last census. There were 237,500 Maori of the same age.
New Zealand, instead of overtly or covertly disapproving of Asians, should be looking at what they do that keeps their children safe and protected.
That would make more sense then yet another overhaul of CYF.