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Harete Hipango

Govt must scrap Oranga Tamariki Oversight Bill

June 21, 2022 Share

Harete Hipango

The Government is risking the safety of children by steaming ahead with the Oranga Tamariki Oversight Bill despite significant opposition to it, National’s Children/Oranga Tamariki spokesperson Harete Hipango says.

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Ministry of Health must apologise for its stubbornness

November 02, 2021 Share

Harete Hipango

The Ministry of Health must front up and apologise to the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency for its denial of access to Māori health data that would help them lift Māori vaccination rates, says National’s spokesperson for Whānau Ora Harete Hipango.

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Ministry’s block on Māori health info an embarrassment

October 08, 2021 Share

Harete Hipango

The Ministry of Health’s decision to go to court rather than handing over patient data to Māori health providers to help them lift Covid vaccination rates among Māori is an embarrassment, says National’s Whānau Ora spokesperson Harete Hipango.

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Government’s ‘roadmap’ will lead to a Covid crash in vulnerable communities

October 07, 2021 Share

Harete Hipango

The Government’s tardiness in taking action on a workable Covid plan to protect our most vulnerable New Zealanders – children, young people and Māori communities – will have terrible consequences, says National’s Whānau Ora and Children/Oranga Tamariki spokesperson Harete Hipango.

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Minister must act now to protect vulnerable children

September 29, 2021 Share

Harete Hipango

Children’s Minister Kelvin Davis must take an even-handed and caring approach for all children in the care of Oranga Tamariki, says National’s Children and Oranga Tamariki spokesperson Harete Hipango.

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Govt must release Māori vaccination data to Whānau Ora

September 16, 2021 Share

Harete Hipango

Rather than talk about doing more to increase vaccine uptake, the Government should give Whānau Ora providers access to data that will help get Māori vaccinated against Covid-19, National’s Whānau Ora spokesperson Harete Hipango says.

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The Oranga Tamariki report is ready now, so release it

September 14, 2021 Share

Harete Hipango

It’s time for Minister for Children Kelvin Davis to quit stalling and release findings from the latest review into institutional dysfunction at Oranga Tamariki, National’s Children and Oranga Tamariki spokesperson Harete Hipango says.

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Government’s $5m Covid relief package for Māori communities is too little, too late

September 09, 2021 Share

Harete Hipango

The Government’s announcement of $5 million to provide immediate relief to Delta-hit Māori communities is another mistimed misstep and missed opportunity, National’s Whānau Ora  and Māori Development spokesperson Harete Hipango says.

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Labour uses committee majority to block Covid accountability to Māori

August 25, 2021 Share

Harete Hipango

Labour’s move today to block a request for the Minister of Covid-19 Response to explain what is being done to address shockingly low vaccination rates among Māori is an appalling example of politics over people, National Party Māori Affairs Select Committee members Harete Hipango and Joseph Mooney say.

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