Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitaane
Sir Kim Workman will give evidence about his early experience as a Police youth aid officer in the 1970s, and his subsequent work detailing the racial profiling of Māori and the disproportionate number of Māori in care. This included regular visits to Kohitere in the early 1970s and learning of the abuse, violence, and neglect that took place there.
Sir Kim will also speak to some of the legislative changes throughout the 1970s and 1980s in the area of children and youth justice, and the significant Puao-te-ata-tu report for which he was an advisor. Some of the proposed solutions, including the Matua Whangai programme, will be outlined and the barriers to reform to date will be explored.