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State care inquiry best way to prevent repeat
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One of the signatories to an open letter calling for a full inquiry into the abuse of New Zealanders held in state care says it's essential if the mistakes of the past are not repeated.

Prime Minister Bill English says the history is fairly well known, and the Government's priority is changing the system so it doesn't happen again.

But Prue Kapua, the president of the Maori Women's Welfare League, says the reform is already on the wrong track.

She says it opens the door for extensive non-kin placement of tamariki Maori, undermining the foundations of Maori society.

"Stolen generations is about being removed, brought up in a system you are not a part of. You know you are a Maori but you do not know what it is to be Maori, for example. So I think we are looking to repeat the mistakes of the past, not only our own mistakes but what happened in other countries like Australia, and we cannot afford that," Ms Kapua says.

An inquiry would be a way to identify and tackle institutional racism.


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