A Taranaki iwi is dismayed that child welfare agency, Oranga Tamariki, advertised for foster parents for a Māori child on Trade Me.

The ad has since been taken down and Oranga Tamariki's boss has apologised.

Oranga Tamariki's Frana Chase, the Manager of Māori Support Services says this was done out of desperation. 

"Oranga Tamariki is so desperate to find Māori caregivers for our tamariki mokopuna that they've come about these lengths to as channels of communication to connect to our whānau, hapū and iwi." 

The advert was after someone who preferably had whakapapa to Taranaki or Whanganui.

Te Kāhui o Rauru spokesperson Martin Davis says the iwi is upset and disappointed with Oranga Tamariki. 

"Shock and disappointed, given that they knew which iwi this tamahine belongs to, so I was utterly annoyed that they never took the opportunities to even contact us."

Davis says it's better to talk directly with iwi rather than Trade Me. 

"We're not very hard to find and I was amazed that they could find Trade Me but they couldn't find us as an iwi or our whanaunga Te Ātihaunui a Paparangi."