Stop the illegal uplift of children: Mila & Azarliya we miss you April 9th 2020�

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I fought for two years in court to maintain a connection with my grand daughter only to have Oranga Tamariki intervene and support an unnecessary uplift in favour of the family members who deny they abused the mother of my grand daughter.

At the end of March 2020 Oranga Tamariki asked my family and members of the extended family of my 3 year old grand daughter to attend what they called a 'Whanau Hui'. They said this was to support the young parents, my 3 year old grand daughter and her 8 month old half sister.  This meeting was a result of a cry for help as my granddaughter's mother was wanting help to address childhood abuse issues that we're still traumatising her. 

Oranga Tamariki also promised there would be no uplift.  Instead Oranga Tamariki supported another family member who was loyal to the abusers to apply to the court for custody during Covid 19 while the rest of the family were supporting our pepi and her young parents through a support plan.  On April 9th 2020 my grand daughter and her little sister were uplifted.  The social worker and six policemen arrived to carry out the uplift and our pepi were taken out of the house screaming.  I was supposed to be picking moko up for a sleepover.

The five branches of my grand daughters extended family have not been allowed to see our pepi in person since the day of the uplift and we have been waiting for 5 months for Oranga Tamariki to submit a support order they offered in June 2020 in order to put things right.  I was told four weeks ago the support order was being processed with the courts but upon further investigation through making a formal complaint the support order had been sitting on the legal teams desk at Oranga Tamariki for several weeks with a simple request such as an address (which in the end was not used as a form of delivery for the document).  Because of this delay the support order will not be viewed by a judge until sometime in the New Year.  Disappointed, frustrated and annoyed are emotions that are not even close to what I am experiencing now as this lazy, unprofessional practice is the only reason our girls will not be seeing any of us for Christmas.  

We are a week away from Christmas and we are unable to get a court hearing until March 2021 (one year later) which means we do not get to see the girls for Christmas or my grand daughters fourth birthday.  We have already missed a first birthday and all the days, minutes, hours and seconds in-between.  

How many more children and families need to suffer????  

I am asking for Oranga Tamariki social workers, their senior management, legal team and the head of Oranga Tamariki to be held accountable for the abuse and malpractice of tikanga, values, principles, te reo and their own interpretation of quite clear guidelines, values, policies and mission statement.

I am asking for the uplift of children under the disguise of Whanau Hui, FGC or any support meeting involving whanau to stop.

I am asking for Oranga Tamariki to be quite clear when they say there will be no uplift.....there will be no uplift.

Oranga Tamariki be honest, be kind, show some integrity and get our tikanga right or stop using our language, values and beliefs to abuse and use us.