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Public service bosses ignored warnings about Thompson & Clark for years

Andrea Vance, Dec 18 2018. Stuff (stuff.co.nz)

Physically, sexually and psychologically abused in state care, two brothers sought legal redress and damages from the Government.
Rather than take responsibility and show contrition, the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) and Crown Law hired private investigators to dig up dirt on witnesses.
This is one of the most shocking findings of an inquiry into the use of external security consultants by government agencies, like Crown Law and MSD.
The brothers – abused by a cook at a state-run school – were subjected to courtroom questioning which suggested they consented to abuse in receiving cigarettes.


Jan – Feb 2018

Feb 1, 2018. Radio NZ. Aaron Smale @ikon_media.  Abuse survivors on what they want out of inquiry: ‘He admitted it … I thought there would be consequences’


Jan 28, 2018. Sunday Star Times. Raped, beaten and drugged: Victims of state school abuse receive less than $11,000


Jan 23, 2018. Newsroom. Time to talk compensation for state care abuse


Jan 17, 2018. Radio NZ. ‘The ground has been covered’ – English on state abuse inquiry


Jan 16, 2018. Radio NZ. PM on abuse inquiry: ‘We need to be open about our mistakes’


Jan 16, 2018. NZ Herald. Government inquiry into child abuse will not include churches, sports clubs


Jan 4, 2018. Otago Daily Times. Abuse survivor says conviction rate ‘a joke’


October – December 2017 

Dec 3. Radio NZ. PM confirms inquiry into state care abuse will be independent

“Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed an inquiry into abuse suffered in state care will be independent.”


NOV 11, 2017. Government drops “ministerial” promise, upgrades inquiry to “independent” - 

“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.”   https://www.change.org/p/nz-stop-child-abuse-hold-full-royal-commission-of-inquiry-now/u/21981751

Nov 11, 2017 - Govt should apologise to state care abuse victims – minister


Nov 8, 2017 - Renewed calls for Royal Commission into abuse of people in state care 


ALJAZEERA NEWS -  A quiet genocide: The legacy of stolen indigenous children

Nov 17, 2017



February, March, April 2017 – The Road to a Public Inquiry


Stephen Winter: Inquiry into systemic abuse needs quick delivery – April 28 2017


A must watch – The Hui, Channel 3 NZ… 9 April 2017










Still no state child abuse inquiry – Newshub 10 April 2017


Labour calls for state care abuse inquiry - Newshub 10 April 2017


Closing an ugly chapter in our history – Newsroom, March 23, 2017

“We need to hold a full independent inquiry into historic abuse in state care. Why? Because without a full investigation of exactly how, and for whom the state got it wrong in the past, we risk making the same mistakes again. Just as important, there are many victims living with the effects of their horrific experiences who are calling for meaningful acknowledgement of their pain and suffering. The Confidential Listening and Assistance Service and government review of Child Youth and Family were important steps in this process, and a full inquiry will demonstrate the commitment of our elected leaders to making amends and closing this ugly chapter in our history.”


State’s abuse case costs ‘extraordinary’ - NZ Herald, Saturday Mar 25, 2017

“The Ministry of Social Development spent more than a million dollars paying private lawyers to fight claims of abuse at a state-funded bootcamp on Great Barrier Island before finally settling with victims for $340,000.”


Lizzie Marvelly: We have failed our ill-treated kids – NZ Herald, Saturday Mar 25, 2017

“While the timing of the establishment of a new agency attempting to overcome our horrific record of child maltreatment as the Government continues to refuse to launch an inquiry into historic abuse of children in state care is certainly something of a joke, there’s very little humour to be found in it.”


It sticks like a knife in my guts - E-Tangata Sun 19 Mar 2017

“Every time Anne Tolley and Bill English talk about the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, or oppose an inquiry into the historical abuse of children in state care, it sticks like a knife in my guts.”


Twenty-year fight for justice for male survivors of sexual abuse continues -  Stuff.co.nz 19 March 2017


Claim for child abuse inquiry lodged with Waitangi Tribunal - Radio NZ 14 March 2017


The Toby & Toby inquiry into historic abuse in state care - Radio NZ 9 March 2017


Ardern lashes govt’s refusal to hold abuse inquiry - Radio NZ, 7 March 2017


“Labour’s new deputy leader Jacinda Ardern, has attacked the government over its refusal to hold an inquiry into claims of historical abuse of children in state care.

Ms Ardern has accused the government of spending more on lawyers to fight the victims than it does on settling their claims.

An Official Information Act request obtained by Ms Ardern showed one lawyer for the Crown, Kristy McDonald QC, was paid $777,000 for her work on three historical abuse cases alone.

It followed news the government spent $700,000 fighting just one compensation case.”

Govt spends $700k fighting state abuse compo claim- Radio NZ, 6 March 2017 


‘Welcome to hell,’ abused boys in state care told - NZ Herald, 4 March 2017


14 years of abuse under state care, fuelling the fire to fight back - Maori Television, 3 March 2017


Inquiry a ‘start’ in addressing institutional racism –  Radio NZ, 2 March 2017


Dame Susan Devoy: State child care may explain why so many Maori are in prison – Mar 2, 2017, New Zealand Herald


Snubbed? Devoy says English won’t meet her about abuse – 24 February 2017 Radio New Zealand


“Prime Minister Bill English “snubbed” Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy when she requested a meeting to discuss an inquiry into historical abuse of children in state care, she says.”

David Slack: Hard to say but it must be said – 19 Feb 2017, Sunday Star Times


“From the end of World War II until the 1980s, the government took more than 100,000 children into state care: into foster homes, health camps, special education homes and psychiatric hospitals; into welfare care, and into borstals.

It took them in to protect them: from neglect and poverty, from family violence. But for some of those 100,000 children it was the worst thing that could have happened. People charged with their care were not fit for the task.

If you were one of those children, this is for you.”

Government has no appetite for abuse inquiry – 16 Feb 2017 http://www.waateanews.com/Waatea+News.html?story_id=MTU2NjI%3D&v=81

“Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox says there seems to be no appetite in the Government to look into the historic abuse of children and young people in state care.

The Maori Party has backed a call by the Human Rights Commission and iwi leaders for a full inquiry into the what happened to many of the 100,000 New Zealanders taken from their families between the 1950s and the 1990s.”

Country can’t wipe hands of care scandal - 15 Feb 2017
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is backing a call for an inquiry into historic abuse in state residential facilities and foster homes.
“You’ve got people who were seriously damaged by the circumstances of their treatment, the wrongness of their treatment, and i don’t think a country should wipe its hands of those things, as painful as it might be and as embarrassing as it might be. We owe to to the victims  to give them an inquiry and put the matter to rest as much as we can,” he says.


Feb 13 New Zealand Herald  - Demand grows for inquiry into alleged historic abuse of children in state care


“It seems everyone but the Government realises that an inquiry and a formal apology are essential to helping the victims find some sense of closure, and to ensure that children in state care now and in the future are protected from abuse,” said the party’s social development spokeswoman, Jan Logie.”

Feb 13 Stuff.co.nz - Carolyn Henwood: Time has come for New Zealanders to clearly state how children should be treated


“When Judge Carolyn Henwood explains her job to her three-year-old grandson, she tells him it’s about fairness. But, as the former Chair of the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service, she says there is little fairness for the 1,100 New Zealand children who were horrifically abused while in state care until the early 1990s. She says the time has come for New Zealanders to clearly state how our children should be treated.”

13 February 2017 Radio NZ –  Smashed by the state: The kids from Kohitere


Feb 12, 2017 – RNZ Checkpoint with John Campbell (youtube link)  Abuse in state care led to a life of violence


November/December 2016

State abuse victim: ‘It crushed my soul’ – Radio NZ 5/12/16


Inquiry ‘absolute way’ to bring abusers to account – Radio NZ 5/12/16


Decades of brutality in our name, and Key and Tolley cover their ears – nothing to see here. Elizabeth Stanley (the author of the Road to Hell) 5/12/16


PM: inquiry ‘can never right the wrongs’ – Radio NZ 5/12/16


“Pressure is continuing to mount on the government to hold an inquiry, with survivors and advocates saying it was crucial to seeing justice served.”

Judge ‘lost faith’ in govt’s handling of state care child abuse – Radio NZ 1/12/16


The judge who chaired a panel which heard from children abused in state care says there is no guarantee of the future safety of children unless an an independent body is set up to investigate.

Justice delayed, justice denied – Radio NZ 30/11/2016

“Most of the victims of historical abuse were Māori – in some institutions Māori made up 80 percent of the residents” http://www.radionz.co.nz/stories/201825742/justice-delayed-justice-denied

Child abuse report ‘shut down’ 24 Nov 2016 Radio New Zealand

“A former Human Rights Commissioner is accusing the government of killing off a critical report on the way it handled hundreds of cases of children abused in state care.”


RNZ host clashes with Anne Tolley for her response to state abuse inquiry - November 30 2016 Dominion Post


Tension boiled over between a Government minister and RNZ host as she was forced to justify why no universal apology has been issued to victims of state abuse.

The Minister for Social Development faced 16 minutes of radio flames for refusing to launch an independent inquiry or make an apology for her department’s historic acts of child sex abuse.

The major clash saw RNZ journalist Kim Hill state that “we will never know the extent of the abuse” because of Minister Anne Tolley’s decision not to establish an independent inquiry to investigate abuse in state care.”

August 2016

Calls for royal commission into child abuse. Manawatu Standard 25/8/2016


Minister will apologise to anyone abused in state care. Dominion Post August 24 2016


Calls for a Royal Commission by survivors of institutional abuse (CSA) based on the Australian Royal Commission model – Nelson Mail 16/8/2016


State care abuse report ignored, judge says

Radio NZ 10 March 2016

A judge who listened for seven years to stories of people abused in state care says she feels her report about how to stop it happening again has been forgotten.  http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/298632/state-care-abuse-report-ignored,-judge-says


1/3/16 – Maori Party co-leader slams the Government for allowing abuse of children -  alleges cover up  http://i.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/77436027/maori-party-coleader-slams-the-government-for-allowing-abuse-of-children


8/12/15 State care abuse victims suing Ministry of Social Development (Radio New Zealand) http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/291541/state-care-abuse-victims-suing-govt

Growing up in foster care in New Zealand. Daryl Brougham used to be called the 2 million dollar kid, because that’s what his 18 years in State Care cost the New Zealand taxpayer.  While in CYF care, Daryl suffered significant amounts of abuse and neglect. (19/10/15 Maori Television) Part 1 and Part 2

Historical Abuse: MSD secrecy over historical abuse claims (Dominion Post 4/9/15) http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/71709032/historical-abuse-msd-secrecy-over-historical-abuse-claims

Generation of children brutalised in state care won’t get public apology (Dominion Post) http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/71388571/generation-of-children-brutalised-in-state-care-wont-get-public-apology

Children in state care are being abused and CYF is failing them – report


Social Development Minister Anne Tolley will not throw money at Child Youth and Family (CYF) despite a scathing report into the agency’s performance, she says. (Radio NZ 27/8/15) http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/282605/minister-vows-to-get-cyf-overhaul-right

‘Horrifying’ and ‘deeply shocking’ report into child abuse (NZ Herald Aug 25, 2015) http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11502569

‘Forced to dig their own graves’ (NZ Herald Sep 5, 2015)


MSD ‘answerable to no one’ in payout process for abuse victims, says lawyer (Dominion Post, July 16 2015) http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/70122005/msd-answerable-to-no-one-in-payout-process-for-abuse-victims-says-lawyer

Govt compo offer ‘kick in the guts’ for abuse victim (Gisborne Herald, June 10th 2015) http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11462985

Ministry of Social Development Privacy Breaches (Story broken in June 2015)

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201756797/ministry-investigating-child-abuse-information-breach  (The Whistle Blower Speaking on Radio NZ)

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201756808/ministry-urgently-investigating-child-abuse-information-breach (The Whistle Blower Speaking on Radio NZ again)

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/275279/child-abuse-details-sent-to-wrong-person (Privacy Commissioner John Edwards speaking about MSD privacy breaches)

http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/ministry-of-social-development-privacy-breach-investigated-2015060320#axzz3c4dXpQ72 (3 News —- Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says she’s “very distressed” about the situation. “These are people who have been let down by the system already,” she told reporters.”)

More Recent Media

Historic Abuse Victims Deserve Real Justice (Jacinda Ardern, Opposition Minister for Social Development 7/5/2015)  http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1505/S00128/historic-abuse-victims-deserve-real-justice.htm

Payout for abuse victims ‘deeply flawed’ 7/5/2015


Historical abuse claims process criticized (Myself talking to Radio National  8/5/2015)  http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/273106/historical-abuse-claims-process-criticised

Bid to clear historical abuse claim backlog (Minister for Social Development putting her cynical spin on things….Radio National  8/5/2015) http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/273056/bid-to-clear-historical-abuse-claim-backlog

Government abuse victims offered fast track to compensation (TVNZ, 7/5/15)




Historic abuse survivor speaks out


Brit social worker slams Child, Youth and Family (CYF) New Zealand  http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/historic-abuse-cases-settled-2020-video-5454108 (One News Historic Abuse Claims to be settled by 2020)

Govt urged to act over delays in settling abuse caims | Nine To Noon, 9:09 am on 10 February 2015 | Radio New Zealand http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/20166627/govt-urged-to-act-over-delays-in-settling-abuse-caims

Call for independent tribunal for abuse victims in state care: Nine To Noon, Monday 9 February 2015| Radio New Zealand http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/20166472/call-for-independent-tribunal-for-abuse-victims-in-state-care

Minister for Social Development, Anne Tolley, puts her spin on things: Radio NZ http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/20167843/social-development-minister-on-settling-historical-abuse-claims

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