29 Sep 2011

Community urged to take part in children's welfare inquiry

9:13 am on 29 September 2011

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei is urging people from all sections of the community to make submissions to the select committee inquiry into the status and well-being of Maori children.

The Maori Affairs committee is inquiring into the health, education, and welfare of Maori children and how government services can better serve their needs.

The terms of reference for the inquiry were announced on Wednesday.

Among other things, the committee will examine public investment across the health, education, social services and justice sectors.

A member of the inquiry team, Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei, is urging whanau, marae, teachers, academics, and health workers to make submissions.

"We are hoping that the model will closely follow the model of the smoking inquiry which had a lot of submissions from health professionals and the community itself.

This is about having as broad a perspective as possible on what the solutions are and the needs are for Maori children."

Metiria Turei expects the inquiry team to present its findings next year.