NZ Radio Awards 2013: winner of the Best Documentary or Feature Programme & co-winner of Best Daily or Weekly series under an Hour Duration
Insight Sunday 09 December: Hearing Association ( 25′ 34″ )
Lois Williams investigates the Hearing Association in Whangarei, amid allegations that assets are being abused.
Two years ago, the Whangarei Branch of the Hearing Association owned its own clubrooms and had a healthy bank balance.
Now it's in liquidation. Its elderly members say they were ambushed at the AGM and ousted.
Those who took over the Association are accused of going on a spending spree with the hard-earned assets.
Lois Williams investigates whether this is a common situation and asks how safe Incorporated Societies are from outside interests?
Coming Up on Insight
8:12 am Sunday 23 June: Insight: Stopping Abuse of People with a Disability
In the past few months, the media has focused on cases of abuse involving at least four disability support service providers.
Back in 2006, another support provider was under the spotlight facing allegations that two residents had choked to death and of medical mistreatment.
Reviews were carried out then and now, 7 years later, another review into the more recent incidents will be finished in September.
But will this review really change anything? Philippa Tolley speaks to families, providers, staff and advocates to find out how good the support offered now is and what needs to change to prevent abuse of the vulnerable in the future.