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Paora Sweeney grew up in a loving family but suffered the trauma of losing his parents and both his sisters at a young age. He ended up in State care. Paora has multiple experiences of being placed in care and custody facilities as an adolescent, and experiences of being abused in care. He talks about the clear link between being placed in care and ending up in gangs and adult incarceration, and the impacts of the abuse on him.

Witness Statement of Paora Sweeney at the Maori public hearing

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