just wanting state to stop harming tamariki'
The Māori hearing for the 'Abuse in Care' Royal Commission of Inquiry has closed but for many of those who came forward to speak over the past two weeks, their horrifying experiences in state care continue to haunt them.
A panel of Māori experts heard from 25 witnesses. Among the panel was Paora Moyle (Ngāti Porou) who spoke to Te Ao Tapatahi today about the overarching themes during the inquiry.
“I've heard about human rights abuses, ethnic cleansing, genocidal practice. I’ve heard about the enslavement of tamariki, torture, child rape resulting in pregnancy by caregivers. I've heard of whakapapa dislocation. I've heard of the broken hearts and desolation, loneliness from those children,” she says.
“I’ve heard about government denial, cover-ups across multiple ministries and the shutting down of tamariki Māori, survivors who are now adults telling their stories.”
Link to video and article: 'Not wanting compensation, just wanting state to stop harming tamariki' | Te Ao Māori News (teaomaori.news)