November 03, 2021
Abuse inquiry Māori hearing set for March
The Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry is to hold a public hearing at Auckland’s Ōrākei Marae next March for Māori abuse survivors to share their experiences.
The hearing was rescheduled from September because of Covid restrictions.
Inquiry commissioner and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei leader Julia Steenson says Māori have been and continue to be overrepresented in State and faith-based care.
The commission’s interim findings show Māori in care have been abused more than all other groups, which has affected generations of Māori whānau in all aspects of their wellbeing, including cultural, social and economic aspects.
Ms Steenson says despite the hearing delay, the commission has continued to meet with Māori survivors, iwi and other Māori groups.