Commissioners will hear from two witnesses. Witness evidence summaries are outlined below.
After a witness speaks their full evidence, along with footage of them speaking, will be available for download.
The hearing is being live-streamed on the Abuse in Care website(external link). The link contains the full hearing schedule.
Hearing location: Fale o Samoa, 141 Bader Drive, Māngere, Auckland 2022
Ms TU (via video link)
Ms TU is of Samoan heritage. She was adopted out at birth and placed with a Palagi family. Ms TU shares her adoption story, the impacts of the disconnection from her Samoan heritage and cultural roots, and the abuse and neglect she suffered in her adoption placement.
Dr Sam Manuela
Dr Sam Manuela is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland. Dr Manuela developed the first Pacific identity and wellbeing model. He will be providing his expert opinion on the links between cultural identity and wellbeing for Pacific people in New Zealand.