Tag Archives: systemic abuse

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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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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Lack of Review, What’s New?

By Alex The government’s refusal to review the mental health sector reflects the neoliberal assumption that everyone has equal access to their services. A recent report by Action Station  shows that more than 90% of service users were frustrated by … 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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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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The voice of the ngā mōrehu (the survivors).

by Another Signature  The issue of abuse within state care is not a new issue, however it remains of contemporary concern. With more people coming forward about the horrors they have endured under the so called ‘care’ of the state, questions … Continue reading

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