February 09, 2018
Maori survivors key focus of Royal Commission
The needs of Maori survivors is uppermost in the mind of the Minister for Children as she puts together the Royal Commission into the abuse of children and young people in state care.
Tracey Martin says the inquiry is not going to be rushed to meet arbitrary deadlines like the first 100 days, so inquiry chair Sir Anand Satyanand will consult over the next couple on months on what should be in the final terms of reference.
She asked Maori stakeholders how they would like the inquiry done if it was a Maori inquiry.
"There are certain things legally that need to be met but the majority of survivors are Maori so how can this inquiry be done that puts them in the greatest place of safety and comfort and I hope the voice that will come through also during this consultation around the draft terms of reference is how can this inquiry best serve those Maori survivors and make them most comfortable," Ms Martin says.
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