Oranga Tamariki

Oranga Tamariki has a new name, but the same problems and, as we saw in Coroner William Bain's report this week, the same failings. But there is a way to make a difference

Every five weeks. Every 35 days. That's how often, on average, a child is killed in New Zealand. Usually the chid is under five and usually the killer is someone they knew. Knew. Past tense.

The new government may talk about paying greater attention to children, but it needs to change the advice and delivery institutions to achieve its goal.

One of the successes of the fourth Labour (Lange-Douglas) Government was the restructuring of the scattered environmental responsibilities of the bureaucracy into three agencies: the Ministry for the Environment, which provides policy advice (and without which there would have been no Resource Management Act which consolidated scattered law), the Department of Conservation which brought togethe