Baby’s death

Weekend Herald - - VIEWPOINTS - Peter Clap­shaw, Par­nell. Ju­lia Player, Hawthorn, Vic­to­ria. Brigid Tar­rant, Green Bay. Paul Judge, Hamil­ton. Max­ine Cross, Royal Oak.

How true was Judge An­drew Be­croft’s state­ment in the Moko Ran­gi­to­heriri case: “Mul­ti­ple agen­cies and pro­fes­sion­als held pieces of in­for­ma­tion which, put to­gether in ret­ro­spect, paint a clear and tragic pic­ture of Moko’s fi­nal months and days”. I worked for 25 years in So­cial Ser­vices and was in­volved in a few cases where death had oc­curred. Each time there was a given amount of with­hold­ing in­for­ma­tion.

My big­gest grum­ble was the at­ti­tude of CYFS, or Oranga Tamariki as it is now known. No mat­ter how much info we had they would al­ways come up with “We know what is best for that child”, or “We can’t be­cause of the Pri­vacy Act”.

No child should ever be taken from their whanau. If the whanau is dys­func­tional, put a so­cial worker or whanau worker in­side that home eight hours a day, six days a week for at least two years or un­til the whanau can live with no vi­o­lence, no drugs and no abuse. This does work, we tried it with a fam­ily of 10. con­cern to ratepay­ers and the staff are in con­trol. Even the mayor keeps on be­ing taken by sur­prise.

The bur­geon­ing staff levels add to the num­ber of the­o­reti­cians who make im­por­tant de­ci­sions with­out any re­al­i­sa­tion of their prac­ti­cal con­se­quences for their ul­ti­mate em­ploy­ers. Or if they do, the pre­vail­ing at­ti­tude that the bu­reau­crats know best and the coun­cil­lors are a nui­sance which has to be tol­er­ated leads to the cur­rent Gil­ber­tian sit­u­a­tion where the tail is wag­ging the dog with im­punity. Some dock­ing or neu­ter­ing is long over­due. I am a newly qual­i­fied teacher who loves New Zealand and hopes to teach there one day, but for now I am in Aus­tralia. I stud­ied teach­ing in Mel­bourne and plan on re­main­ing here for the next few years in or­der to earn enough to save for a house in Auck­land or Welling­ton. Ev­ery time I think about com­ing back I con­sider the pay cut I would have to take, and for now my love of the country is not enough to pull me back. I’m so grate­ful for Win­ston Peters. At last we have some re­lief from the Don­ald Trump and Jacinda Ardern hype. Some morn­ings I am re­luc­tant to make the trip to let­ter­box for the Her­ald as the thought of see­ing those two again is not con­ducive to a happy break­fast. Win­ston truly qual­i­fies as an “elder states­man” by his abil­ity to main­tain such a high- pro­file and charm­ing ex­te­rior. I ad­mire his abil­ity to never give a de­fin­i­tive an­swer to any­thing. I didn’t vote for him but I can­not help ad­mir­ing him. The felling of the his­toric Nor­folk pine at Snells Beach is an in­dict­ment of our eco- de­struc­tive cul­ture. The ar­ti­cle by Grant McLach­lan tells a tale of woe that is sadly fa­mil­iar to any­one who has tried to deal with bu­reau­cracy in try­ing to stand up for na­ture. That th­ese ma­ture trees can­not be seen for their mag­nif­i­cence as liv­ing or­gan­isms is bad enough, but that they are not val­ued for their abil­ity to se­quester car­bon and pro­duce oxy­gen just beg­gars be­lief. Why has Royal Oak In­ter­me­di­ate School chopped down an old tree by the gates? It was healthy, airy, in no one’s way and pro­vided a habi­tat for birds who don’t care whether it was a “na­tive” or not. Some­one at the school said that he wished all the trees would go be­cause they were “too big”. Cut­ting down trees that have stood for 50- odd years is not right.

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