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Kim McBreen is from Waitaha, Kāti Mamoe, Ngāi Tahu, and also Pākehā. She lives with her partner and daughter on a quarter acre section with two cats, lots of fruit trees, and close enough to hear the ocean on a stormy evening. She is a kaimahi at Te Wānanga o Raukawa. You can read more of her writing at her blog He Hōaka.
Key regulations aimed at preserving children's connections to their whakapapa and culture are set to be dropped as part of a major shake up of New Zealand's child welfare system. Kim McBreen explains why that's terrible news for our most vulnerable Māori children.