Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox has criticised the Government in the wake of new statistics showing the number of Māori children in state care has increased by 8.1 percent.
There are now 3,354 tamariki Māori currently in state care.
"It's appalling, I agree with you that it's appalling," Marama Fox said during an interview with Three's The Hui.
When asked why the Māori Party's policies and presence in Government hadn't turned these statistics around, Fox answered: 'If I'm really honest, part of our Government suffer from 'know-it-all-ness'."
The Māori Party was also under fire this week for its proposed Māori Land Reform Bill. A group of esteemed Māori land experts have written an open letter to the government calling for the Bill to be withdrawn.
However Ms Fox is convinced the bill is good for Māori.
'There is nothing in the bill that puts Māori land at risk - in fact it strengthens the place of Māori land.
"It's a better piece of legislation than what we currently have."
The Hui / Newshub.