August 08, 2019
Widened scope of abuse inquiry too much for Satyanand
An advocate for people who have been abused in care says the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in Care is in damage control as its chair steps down.
Sir Anand Satyanand said this week the inquiry was more than the part time job he had signed up for, and now the inquiry has got through the set up phase he would hand over the reins.
Paora Crawford Moyle says widening the scope to include faith-based institutions has put tremendous pressure on the inquiry and greatly increased its work load.
She says abuse in state care and abuse in religious institutions each merited an inquiry of their own, but Māori survivors felt the most effective use of resources would be to start with a Māori focus.
"A Māori inquiry would have gone a long way to really uncover a lot of the institutional racism that is at the heart of state intervention right across the ministries," Ms Moyle says.
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