Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry to hold Pacific People’s Public Hearing in July

The Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry will hold its Pacific people’s investigation public hearing, ‘Tulou: Our Pacific Voices; Tatala e Pulonga’ at the Fale o Samoa in Māngere in Auckland between July 19 – 30.

Commissioner Ali’imuamua Sandra Alofivae says ‘Tulou: Our Pacific Voices; Tatala e Pulonga’ is the first of its kind not only for New Zealand as a nation, but for Pacific survivors, Pacific communities, and the wider Pacific region.

Ali’imuamua acknowledges that “the harm suffered by an individual Pacific survivor is not experienced alone, the effects flow on to the rest of their community and it is significant that the Royal Commission of Inquiry is coming to the people.”

The Royal Commission of inquiry into abuse in care looks into what happened to children, young people, and vulnerable adults placed in care in state and faith-based care in New Zealand between 1950 and 1999.

The investigation looks at key points:

  • Why people were taken into care,
  • What abuse happened and why,
  • The effects of the abuse.

There is a specific focus on Māori, Pacific People, and people with disabilities.

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