30 July – witness list and evidence summaries

Commissioners will hear from two witnesses and the closing statements. 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

9.30am (approx.)

Rupene Amato

Rupene Amato is of Samoan and Māori descent. He grew up in Wairoa and attended a Catholic primary school where he was sexually abused by a Catholic Priest. He talks about the impacts of this abuse and his work as an advocate for male victims of sexual abuse.

10.45am (approx.)

Folasaitu Dr Julia Ioane
Folasaitu Dr Julia Ioane is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor in Psychology at Massey University.  She continues to work directly with Pasifika children and families involved in care and protection/youth justice matters in community and residential placements.  Julia will discuss the themes shared by Pasifika survivors of abuse in care and provide a trauma-informed approach within a Pasifika cultural and clinical framework.

3.00pm (approx.)
Closing statements
Closing ceremony

Media enquiries: 027 298 2094; media@abuseincare.org.nz

About the Abuse in Care Inquiry

The Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry is investigating the abuse and neglect that happened to children, young people and vulnerable adults in care from 1950 and 1999.

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