Faces of Innocents

'Ministry for Vulnerable Children'

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley is to become the Minister for Vulnerable Children.

Anne Tolley says new ministry head has what it takes - because she has children.

New children's ministry head

31102014 News Photo: Mark Taylor/Fairfax NZ
Waikato DHB,
Older Person Centre.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and ...

Former executive in the aged care sector to head the entity charged with looking after NZ's most vulnerable.

Victim's plaque to return

Glen Bo Duggan, 10, died on April 14, 1994, in Christchurch, after he suffered serious head injuries. Glen was murdered ...

A memorial to murdered 10-year-old Glen Bo Duggan could be reinstated under a tree planted in his memory.

'Missed opportunity' on CYF

Judge Andrew Becroft gave his maiden submission to Parliament, as Children's Commissioner. He was one of many calling ...

The first set of law changes to protect New Zealand children don't go far enough, experts say.  

Being 'NZ's most hated mum'

Konrad Truger, known as "Konnie" died on January 19, 2008, aged four, three days after a crash caused by his mother, ...

Wendy-May Connon woke from a coma to be told "you killed Konrad".

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analysis

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.

policy

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".

opinion

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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