April 04, 2018
Maori face needed on abuse inquiry
A survivor of state care wants to see a Maori stream within the Royal Commission into abuse in state care.
Inquiry chair Sir Anand Satyanand has called for submissions on its terms of reference.
Paora Joass Moyle says the majority of children abused in state care between the 1940s and 1990s were Maori, and they need to hear that what happened to them was not okay.
She says many survivors had hoped to see a Maori heading the inquiry, but it's not too late ot create a tiriti-centred approach or Maori stream to ensure the Maori story is told.
"The ones who have been in prison, they are very hard to reach. They're not just going to jolly up with 'we want to tell you our story.' They're the ones we need to hear from, we need to record, we need to know and Sir Anand Satyanand needs to know how to reach those hard to reach places," Paora Joass Moyle says.
She says redress and compensation systems have been pakeha-centric, with Maori coming worse off.
Submissions to the Royal Commission on the draft Terms of Reference can be made by:
– Post: PO Box 10071, The Terrace, Wellington 6143
– Free phone 0800 222 727.
Submitters should state if they want their submissions to be confidential.
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