10 Apr 2017

Ardern calls for inquiry into abuse in State care

From Morning Report, 7:45 am on 10 April 2017

The emotional stories of four men who were subjected to horrific violence in state-run boys homes has reignited the call for the government to hold an inquiry into abuse and neglect in state institutions.  

Quentin Tuwhangai, Eugene Ryder, Riwhi Toi Whenua and Hohepa Taiaroa told The Hui they were routinely bashed, beaten and raped when they were wards of the state as teenagers.

The four men call themselves ngā mōrehu - the survivors. They all want an inquiry saying the truth needs to be told so people understand.

Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern Photo: RNZ

Every political party at Parliament has backed the call for an inquiry - except National.

The Prime Minister Bill English has questioned what it would achieve.

But Labour's deputy leader Jacinda Ardern says the latest stories reinforce the need for an inquiry and it's time the Prime Minister showed humanitarian leadership....