December 17, 2021
Abuse redress long process
The Children’s Commissioner says the redress proposed by the Royal Commission on Abuse in State Care should go a long way to addressing the harm done to survivors of state and religious institutions.
Judge Francie Eivers says the Government has to start somewhere, and the recommendations for holistic redress or puretumu torowhānui are a good place to start.
“It’s not a redress in the usual way. It’s not like going along to an institution and picking up your money and moving along. The redress, puretumu torowhānui, is about more than just compensation it’s about restoring their lives, restoring the mana of that individual who has been so harmed, restoring their well being, their oranga so they can heal and that is going to be a long process and we all need to get behind that and help them,” she says.
Commissioner Eivers says a large proportion of those abused in care were Māori, so it makes sense that a Māori group will be established to design and lead the redress programme.