Pasifika survivors to appear before Royal Commission Abuse in Care Inquiry

November 30, 2020


​By Paige Faigaa - Paige.faigaa@pmn.co.nz

A number of Pasifika will share their experiences of abuse in faith-based care in Auckland today, as part of the second phase of New Zealand's biggest-ever inquiry into abuse in care.

Twenty-five survivors are expected to share their experiences of abuse carried out by perpetrators linked to the New Zealand Catholic Church, Anglican Church and Salvation Army.

This is the second phase of the Royal Commission Abuse in Care Inquiry will is examining abuses in state and faith-based care between 1950 and 1999.​ ​

One of the witnesses is Moeapulu Frances Tagaloa, who will take the stand to give evidence about the sexual and emotional abuse she experienced in the early 1970s as a primary school student.​

The abuser was a Marist Brother who taught at the nearby Marist Brothers intermediate school in Auckland. ​

Frances will also address the cultural and other barriers she experienced in disclosing the abuse, and how the abuse has affected her. 

The Commission's Pacific Investigation lead Tania Sharkey says today's hearing is a perfect opportunity for Pasifika to be heard, after decades of silence and cover-up.