I am writing this blog post to assist my own comprehension of the current debates over the extension of the inquiry into the abuse of children in state care into the realm of those abused whilst in the care of faith-based organisations.
To all those abused in state care, I acknowledge you and the truth of your experiences
To all those abused in faith-based care, I acknowledge the lifting of the silences that have added to the damage done
To all of us with a history of abuse, may we continue on a journey of healing
Over the last few months, the NZ government has faced multiple demands for independent inquiries: to uncover alleged war crimes undertaken by NZ military forces against Afghani civilians, to acknowledge NZ women who were forced to have their new-borns adopted, and to understand the experiences of the thousands who endured abuse within NZ’s state care system. To all these victims, the government’s response has been ‘no’, ‘go away’.
In the video below Paora Moyle offers a Māori practitioner’s view on state care in Aotearoa New Zealand with the added dimension of her own experience as a state care ward. This is a moving account of Paora’s experience of state care and how it has motivated her to embark on her PhD research journey. To find out more about Paora’s research you can participate in the ANZASW webinar on Thursday 14th May 2015 at 1.00pm: Māori-lived experiences of the care and protection FGC in Aotearoa.