Midwives involved in the documented attempted uplift of a baby in Hawke’s Bay have hit out at the Prime Minister for not watching video footage of the incident.
In June, Newsroom released a video investigation showing officials from Oranga Tamariki – the Ministry for Children – at a Hawke’s Bay maternity ward attempting to take a young baby away from her family out of concern for the child’s safety.
The process used by the officials has received criticism, with the Māori mother being isolated from her midwife and whanāu late at night so Oranga Tamariki could try and take her baby. Oranga Tamariki eventually gave up after hours of standoff and the case is now before the courts.
Despite at least three inquiries into the case and Oranga Tamariki’s overall uplift processes being ordered, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told Newshub Nation on Saturday she hadn’t watched the video.
I’m not convinced the video gives us all the information we need. No one has said why the court ordered the uplift. What has happened in the past with this mother?
But having said that, it would be wise for the PM to view the video just to check that what she has been told matches what happened.