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Communtity Law Manual | Oranga Tamariki / Ministry for Children | Hui ā-whānau: Hui for tamariki Māori, based around tikanga

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Hui ā-whānau: Hui for tamariki Māori, based around tikanga

What is a “hui ā-whānau”?

Oranga Tamariki has recently started using hui ā-whānau for cases involving tamariki Māori. At a hui ā-whānau, tikanga Māori is central. They’ll be facilitated by a whānau member or a kairaranga ā-whānau (who work for either Oranga Tamariki or an iwi or Māori organisation) or someone else who is strong in tikanga.

Oranga Tamariki may ask for a hui ā-whānau to be called to work out a way forward if it has concerns about a child but it doesn’t think the problems are serious enough to require a Family Group Conference.

On the other hand, if Oranga Tamariki does think a Family Group Conference is needed, it may also call a hui ā-whānau before the conference, so that the whānau can kōrero together and prepare for the conference and so that they can work out a short-term plan for the child until the conference happens.

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