December 16, 2021
Abuse redress must restore mana
The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State and Faith-Based Care says those who have suffered need to have their mana restored and enhanced.
The commission released its report yesterday calling for redress including not just monetary compensation but official apologies, memorials and ongoing help with things like education.
It also recommended an independent body including representatives of Māori and other survivors to oversee the redress.
Commissioner Anaru Erueti says during the period covered by the inquiry Māori were three times more likely to appear before the Children’s Court than non-Māori and were more often sent to the hardest residences and borstals.
“Our whānau have really suffered so today is really important for us to recognise that and ensure they fully have their mana restored and advanced trough a proper redress scheme that speaks to the harm that they suffered,” he says.
Survivors described the horror they felt having to go back to the churches and institutions that abused them for redress.