10 years since the closure of Kimberley

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 3:35 pm on 17 August 2016

New Zealander Robert Martin has just been elected as one of eighteen Disability experts on an international committee tasked with the global monitoring the implementation of the UN Convention on the rights of Persons with Disabilities. It's a first for New Zealand and a first for people with learning or intellectual Disability. Not bad for a person who at 18 months of age, was placed in the Kimberley colony for mental deficients, near Levin north of Wellington. But fitting perhaps that this year marks ten years since Kimberley was closed. Former One in Five producer Mike Gourley profiles the issues and personalities in play, including Robert Martin, in the decision to finally close this country's last Psychopedic institution…

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