A man inside the Hawke's Bay Hospital room where an attempted baby uplift ended in a standoff says the Oranga Tamariki name has been "disrespected" and should be changed back to Child, Youth and Family.

Ngāti Kahungunu kaumatua Des Ratima said the children's ministry's actions in that room, and in many hospital rooms like it, had destroyed the meaning behind what was a "beautiful taonga".

"They are our whānau, our problems, our solutions, our way. Oranga Tamariki have occupied this space for too long and not brought the outcomes Māori seek.

"Not only should Oranga Tamariki give over the funding

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