The Government should do what’s right. Maori leaders should insist upon it.
It wasn’t just the physical and emotional abuse suffered. The sexual abuse of both girls and boys traumatised children for life.
As a result our country has thousands of women and men today who had their childhood years blighted by the state.
Go into any correction facility and talk to the inmates. Ask them about their years in state care.
Prepare to be disgusted and profoundly saddened. They could have lived very different lives had they only had the chance.
The Government believes the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service Panel headed by Judge Carolyn Henwood has done a good enough job. But Judge Henwood herself, after listening to a thousand survivors believes an independent inquiry is still warranted