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PAORA JOASS MOYLE INTERVIEW CLICK HERE

A social worker and abuse survivor is disappointed the Royal Commission into Abuse in State Care doesn’t include a Māori woman or a survivor.

Panel members were announced yesterday, with inquiry chair, former governor general Sir Anand Satyanand, joined by University of Auckland law lecturer Andrew Eruiti, retired judge Coral Shaw, south Auckland lawyer and child protection specialist Ali’imuamua Sandra Alofivae, and former Disability Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson.

The inquiry was also expanded to include abuse within religious institutions.

Paora Joass Moyle says the language of the inquiry has gone from being survivor-led to survivor focused.

"What that says to me is they are not going to have survivors up front. They are going to haven to have legal people, academics, commissioners in other areas or on boards who have no idea what it is like for a child to have been in state care. Lived experience is everything," she says.

Paora Moyle says the inquiry needs to tackle the institutional racism of state care, which has still not been properly addressed since it was identified in the Puao Te Ata Tū report 30 years ago.

 

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