Topic: Child Abuse

Independent Glenn Inquiry to release first part of investigation

updated By Native Affairs , Te Kāea
Sir Owen Glenn

The Independent Glenn Inquiry will release the first part of its investigation into the child abuse and domestic violence rate in New Zealand today.

The report itself has been compiled using information from 500 people affected by abuse and violence and those involved in frontline services.

In a statement released in April the Inquiry Chief Executive Kirsten Rei said, ‘The People's Report’ was a “serious body of work compiled by professional writers and researchers and has been a huge undertaking.”

However, less than a year after the Think Tank for the Inquiry was initially established, 27 of the original 38 Think Tank panelists quit the inquiry.

Issues arose after it came to light, Sir Owen Glenn himself pleaded no contest to a charge of physically abusing a young woman in Hawai'i in 2002.  While the case was dismissed in 2004, Glenn, who denies the allegations, failed to reveal the incident while seeking to become an ambassador for the anti-violence White Ribbon campaign.

Executive Director of Te Mana Ririki, Anton Blank was among those who quit the inquiry and in an interview with Native Affairs in July last year he told Mihingarangi Forbes that while he saw the kaupapa was committed to developing a blueprint for action, "I didn’t see any long term commitment to resource solutions, so to me what I felt was happening was Sir Owen was doing exactly what he was accusing everybody else of doing which was writing another report, so that was my biggest concern with the inquiry."