As one of the members of the Nelson Māori committee and the Auckland Committee on Racial Discrimination (ACORD), Dr Sutherland spent 15 years campaigning and advocating on behalf of many children who were in State care during the 1970s and 1980s. Based on extensive archival material from ACORD, Dr Sutherland will give evidence about
- The structures (policing, arrest, courts, remand, sentencing) that funnelled young people into State care;
- Structural racism and the differential outcomes for Māori children in the system;
- Accounts of abuse in welfare homes, Lake Alice, and from children remanded to adult prison; and
- Details of the campaigns, key reports and inquiries during this period to stop racist state violence against children.