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Te Aroha Knox is of Waikato-Tainui and Ngāpuhi descent. Te Aroha went into care at 10 years old because of abuse at home. She went through foster homes and different institutions, including Allendale Girls’ Home, Bollard Girls’ Home, and Fareham House. She experienced abuse and social worker neglect while in care. Te Aroha speaks about healing through embracing her taha Māori, and how learning about the Te Whare Tapa Whā model has helped her in her journey of healing. 

Witness Statement of Te Aroha Knox for the Maori public hearing


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