Topics: Child Abuse, Domestic Violence

Native Affairs - Owen Glenn

By Mihingarangi Forbes

The Owen Glenn inquiry into family violence was launched with high hopes of finding solutions to New Zealand's growing issue of domestic abuse.

However after less than a year, its future looks increasingly uncertain with 27 or the original 38 Think Tank panelists quitting the inquiry.

As recently as Friday, an office manager and an administrator became the latest to walk away, following the resignation of two senior executives in May.

It's come to light that 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.

A board meeting is expected this week to determine the Glenn Inquiry's future but there are calls for Glenn to remove his name from the initiative.

To discuss the Think Tank, Mihingarangi Forbes was joined by Marama Davidson who is a panelist Anton Blank from Mana Ririki who recently resigned and from Waikato University Psychologist Dr Neville Robertson who resigned last week.