22 May 2012

Enough venues for Maori child hearings - committee

6:30 am on 22 May 2012

Parliament's Maori affairs select committee says it is satisfied that all iwi will be accommodated at locations chosen to hear submissions on its inquiry into the status and well-being of Maori children.

Committee members have six terms of reference, which include how public investment across the health, justice, education and social services sectors can benefit Maori children.

Chairman of the committee Tau Henare says the committee has already started work on the 150 submissions it received.

It will travel to West Auckland early next month to hear submissions.

It will then fly to Christchurch to hear from submitters from all over the South Island.

Mr Henare says at this stage the committee doesn't plan to visit any other regions.