The under-pressure Minister for Children has addressed the two recent crises facing Hawke's Bay Oranga Tamariki, saying parents, not just the government, need to "step up".

Minister Tracey Martin said the way people behave needed to change for it to fix issues with children taken into the children's ministry's care.

"We need parents to step up, families and whanau to step up and of course neighbours and communities to keep an eye out for our children."

The way in which children and families, especially Māori children, are treated by the Government has made headlines around the country recently, following two

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