August 03, 2021
Orakei hearing to share Maori abuse survivor stories
The Royal Commission on Abuse in Care is at Ōrākei Marae this week and next to hear from Māori survivors.
Commissioner Julia Steenson says it’s brave for any survivor to come forward.
She says while the commission also encourages people to share their stories in private sessions or written forms, the hearings have a wider purpose.
"Having a hearing is so important for New Zealanders to hear the narratives from the 70 years of care that Māori are disproportionately represented in," she says.
She says even though the commission is on a tight timeframe, it still wants to hear more stories from Māori survivors, because they can influence the redress that is recommended.
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