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Wiremu Waikari is of Ngāti Porou descent. He has reclaimed his ingoa as a way of rejecting his experiences of abuse in care. Wiremu speaks about being adopted, being placed in child welfare and state care. He discusses the abuse that he suffered in these settings, which included physical, verbal, psychological and sexual abuse. He also discusses his experiences of racism in the care system, and the impacts that racism had on him. Wiremu is now a qualified social worker and counsellor, and presently works as a Māori consultant and a Māori advisor to many organisations, including the Royal Commission of Inquiry. Wiremu shares his recommendations of cultural support and healing for Māori survivors of abuse.

Witness statement of Wiremu Waikari at the Maori public hearing.pdf

PDF, 9.2 MB

So far, nearly 2,200 survivors have shared their experience. Join them. Ā mohoa nei, neke atu i te 2,200 purapura ora kua kōrero mai i ō rātou haerenga. Hono mai.

We cannot make any findings, reach conclusions or make recommendations without hearing the voices of those who have the lived experience of state or faith-based care.

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