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National Party denying chance for healing

By Voting Citizen In the 1950s to the 1980s, the New Zealand Government placed more than 100,000 children into state care in residential facilities. Within these facilities, children faced horrific abuse. Mihingarangi Forbes interviewed Bill English on ‘the Hui’ (Mediaworks, … Continue reading

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Looking back in order to look forward- state care

By Faith Gatsby Hindsight is a fantastic concept isn’t it? From my own personal experiences, I’ve found that looking back at how I did things in the past is a great way to assess how I can better position myself … Continue reading

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New Zealand’s state abuse inquiry: The call to social work

By Jane T On February 13th 2017 an open letter led by the Human Rights Commission, addressed to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, called for an independent inquiry into the abuse of children and adults held in state institutions … Continue reading

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Musings of a Student Social Worker on the Public Demands for State Responsibility for Institutional Violence

by Atticus Finch As I watched the recent interview online of four Māori adults who were abused as young children in care homes at Newshub , tears welled up in my eyes. I could only imagine what a lifetime of … Continue reading

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Compensation in Aotearoa for historical institutional abuse: We are failing

By Abigail Williams Children in our society have been physically, emotionally, sexually and neglectfully abused for years, at the hands of their family, but also while in the hands of state care providers and religious groups (Matthews, 2004). This is … Continue reading

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Who protects us from the State?

by Amiria Goodenough When the media reports the tragedies of children treated mercilessly at the hands of their abusers, society is outraged. Sickened to the point where protesters with picket signs march throughout the main cities of New Zealand chanting … Continue reading

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State Abuse: It is not too late to say, sorry

By Elaine Aiken State care ought to provide tender, loving guardianship and, produce thriving well-adjusted children. However, the history of state care in New Zealand has all too often exhibited abuse, violence, placement breakdowns and even tragic fatalities. It is accepted … Continue reading

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Responding to the needs of state care abuse survivors

By Fiona Tyler Between the 1950s and the 1980s, 100,000 children were put into state care where we now know physical, sexual and psychological abuse  was prevalent. These children were subject to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment which is a clear … Continue reading

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Our Children Are Our Future

by  Stacey Attwood The impact of nurture in child development should not be underestimated. As valid as biological factors, the environments in which children are raised have a significant impact on their learning of the world around them. Uncovering the … Continue reading

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Silencing the past deepens the cycle of abuse

by Meralda Grey The New Zealand government has been faced with calls to instigate an independent inquiry into abuse suffered by thousands of children in the state care system. An apology and possible redress for harms suffered is important and … Continue reading

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