Faces of Innocents

Too many child victims

There is no official record of the number of children who die as a result of neglect, abuse or maltreatment. However, ...

There are more than 200 children before Esme Kinraid who are counted in New Zealand's Child Victim Toll.

Faces of Innocents: Give them a voice

Gentle giant turns killer video

22022017 News Photo ANDY JACKSON/Fairfax NZ.  Philip Murray Kinraid at his sentencing for the manslaughter of his ...

The last minutes of Esme Kinraid's life must have been terrifying. Struggling for breath, under the weight of her father.

Vow to reduce child abuse

Grainne Moss has had five months as chief executive-in-waiting for the Ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki, ...

The head of a new uber agency for vulnerable children says she can halt New Zealand's roll call of shame.

'I feel guilty about the what ifs'

The mother of the six-week-old baby was found guilty of manslaughter but her conviction for the crime has been appealed.

Anger and tears underpinned a father's journey through grief after the death of his baby girl.

'Marks were made by biting'

Tamehana Huata, accused of killing two-year-old Matiu Wereta, appearing in the High Court at Napier.

Jury shown replicas of accused's teeth and how they matched marks on boy's body

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What are 'Children's Teams'? video

Counties Manukau Children's Team Director Liz Thomas says a team helped an Auckland family get access to benefits they ...

They work with impoverished and sometimes violent families. Yet members of a Children's Team may have never even met one another.

Should there be a 'child killer' law?

There's a "strong case" for specifically tailored child homicide and abuse charges, law professor argues.

Is poverty linked to abuse?

What we know about child victims

the innocent's stories

'Just one more sleep, mummy'

Lisa Michelle Hope was killed by her father Ian Hope.

Eight-year-old Lisa Hope was excited to move in with her mother the day before she was killed.

Anaru 'deserves a crown' video

Anaru's birth mother wrenched him from a happy adoptive family. Sitting at his unmarked, untended grave, his sister wants a proper memorial.

Kelly Gush died after being kicked in the head by her mother's partner.

A sister's lament

Kelly Gush was 12 when she was kicked to death by her mother's partner. Her sister, Kylie, speaks for the first time.


Why Maori suffer

Associate Professor Leonie Pihama says colonisation is the root cause of the high rates of Maori child abuse.

The high rates of child abuse among Maori can be traced back to colonisation, an academic says.

It's the end for CYF

Child, Youth and Family will be replaced by a new Ministry for Vulnerable Children within months.

Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft favours a "more hopeful and positive" name than 'Ministry for Vulnerable Children'.

'It's stigmatising some kids'

A planned 'Ministry for Vulnerable Children' has been labelled "cripplingly disappointing".


Is your child next on our wall of innocence?

Tupua Urlich has known abuse, neglect and crippling fear through his short life. His was one of the former CYF voices ...

Faces of Innocents is harrowing. But it doesn't come close to the lives lived by these children.

'We can't do it alone' - Tolley

OPINION: They are not "CYF kids". They belong to all of us, and they deserve the chance to thrive.

Our excuses are dead like hundreds of our children.

Our excuses are dead

OPINION: Our babies don't need us to scream when they die. They need us to give a damn when they are alive.

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