Native Affairs - Just Us

By Mihingarangi Forbes

After serving 21 years in jail, last week the Privy Council quashed Teina Pora's convictions for the 1992 rape and murder of Susan Burdett.

Pora now joins just a handful of New Zealanders who have had their convictions overturned by the Privy Council. Despite being just 17-years-old at the time, Pora is not the youngest New Zealander to have been wrongfully jailed. 

Fifteen years ago, three young girls were sent to jail for aggravated robbery. Luci Akatere was 15-years-old. Her co-accused Tania Vini and McCushla Fuataha were just 14 years of age.  

In 2001 the Court of Appeal overturned their convictions and said they had the court's sympathy for the injustice that had wrongly sent them to prison.

Tonight, for the first time in 10 years Luci and Tania come together.  It's an emotional reunion they shared with Native Affairs.

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