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Abuse in Care: Pacific witnesses to give evidence on first day of Pacific Investigation hearing

The Abuse in Care Royal Commission’s Pacific investigation public hearing, Tulou – Our Pacific Voices: Tatala e Pulonga, starts today in Auckland.

Commissioners will hear from two witnesses. Witness evidence summaries are outlined below.

9.30am (approx.)
Opening ceremony

11.45am (approx.)
Opening statements

12.15pm (approx.)
Associate Professor Hon. Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban DNZM QSO
Associate Professor Hon. Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban DNZM QSO is a former New Zealand politician, of Samoan heritage. She became the country’s first female Member of Parliament of Pacific Island descent. Luamanuvao will provide contextual background on the migration of Pacific peoples to Aotearoa, lived experience of growing up in Aotearoa during the 1950s to present, her
career experience in the community and Government, and insights into abuse and neglect of Pacific peoples in care.

2.30pm (approx.)
Fa’amoana Luafutu
Fa’amoana Luafutu came to New Zealand from Samoa when he was 8 years old. On the first day of school his teacher was unable to pronounce his name and told him that his name would now be ‘John’. Fa’amoana spent time in Owairaka Boys’ Home, Kohitere Boys’ Training Centre and other foster placements where he experienced abuse. He has told his story through theatre, writing, creative arts and music in the hope that sharing his experience through these mediums will help Pacific people in their own journeys.

For more information visit the Abuse in Care website.

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