Article added to site 15/11/17
It’s been a long time coming but a change of Government in New Zealand has seen the newly elected Labour Government announce an independent inquiry into State-care child abuse with PM Jacinda Ardern announcing last week that:
“There will be an independent inquiry into historical claims of abuse of children in State care with a view to learning lessons to ensure that policy is changed to minimise the risk of this happening in the future.”
I’m busily writing now and will update the site shortly with new material.
Press surrounding the announcement of an independent inquiry here
Speech in Parliament announcing an independent inquiry here
For now, the New Zealand Human Rights Commission (NZHRC), who championed our cause through the “Never Again” petition/campaign, are requesting input from survivors of NZ State Care and other interest groups into what the inquiry should look like re terms of reference etc. This is what the NZHRC had to say:
Kia ora Grant,
We have incredible news. Since you and 12,000 others signed the letter to our Prime Minister calling for an apology and an independent inquiry into the abuse of New Zealanders held in state care: the new Government has confirmed that this will take place.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced last week that:
“There will be an independent inquiry into historical claims of abuse of children in State care with a view to learning lessons to ensure that policy is changed to minimise the risk of this happening in the future.” 1
It is a huge development but it is not the end of our campaign: it is the beginning of a new chapter.
We want to hear from survivors of state care abuse and your families about how you want an independent inquiry to run. Survivors, and sadly, the loved ones of those who did not survive, must be at the heart and centre of any inquiry into state abuse. Nothing about you, without you.
Please click here or email your thoughts through to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org, with Subject Line: Independent Inquiry into State Abuse.
We will ensure that we forward everything we receive, in an unedited format, to the independent inquiry once it is established.
We can never change the past but what we can do is make sure the truth of what happened in the past is known. This is the beginning of a journey that we need to take as a nation, looking back at the past, making amends for what happened and making sure it is never repeated.
We are indebted to you for standing up for the basic, fundamental human rights of thousands of New Zealanders.
Dame Susan Devoy
Race Relations Commissioner
Speech from the Throne, Beehive 8 November 2017
Please get submissions in and stayed tuned at http://newzealandchildabuse.com/ where updates will be posted.