Native Affairs - Tiaki Tamariki Panel Discussion

By Mihingarangi Forbes

Statistics show in Northland more than 4 children a day are being abused. Just last week, three men appeared in the Kaitaia District Court on charges of sexual violation of children.  The cases are not related, they are all separate cases of child abuse before that court.

Earlier this year Native Affairs travelled to the far north community of Pamapuria, where serial sexual offender James Parker was jailed for 74 convictions against 20 local boys.

Native Affairs also told the story of Krystal who committed suicide at age 12 years after being removed from her family home by Child, Youth and Family services and placed in a home where she claimed to have been sexually abused by her caregiver.