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The Human Rights Commission is calling for a full inquiry into the abuse suffered by many of the more than 100,000 children taken from their families and put into state institutions from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has ruled out an inquiry or apology to New Zealand’s stolen generations, saying there was no evidence abuse was systemic.

That’s despite a recommendation by Judge Carolyn Henwood, the chair of the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service, that an inquiry was needed.

Disability rights commissioner Paul Gibson says many oif the children and young people suffered serious physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect over several years.

Indigenous rights commissioner Karen Johansen says Maori children were more likely to end up in state homes and institutions than non-Maori children, often because of minor transgressions such as wagging school or because of a family tragedy.

The pain and shame of their shattered childhoods and lives continue to this day, with more than 40 percent of prison inmates having spent their childhood in state care.

"This is a dark chapter in New Zealand history that must be opened up, understood and never repeated. Never again. E Kore Ano," Ms Johansen says.

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