Faces of Innocents

My hope for CYF's successor stuff nation

It's surprising that we're only now putting what children want and need at the centre of the way we care for them, ...

OPINION: Just listening to what children think is best for them could make a huge difference.

The blood on the wall video

Ihaka Stokes was 14 months old when he was murdered by his de facto stepfather Troy Taylor.

Troy Taylor gave a final impassioned speech saying little Ihaka's memory deserved the truth. The truth was he murdered him.

Glen's memorial returning video

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

Plans to reinstate memorial for murdered 10-year-old unveiled at opening of new education centre for children in state care.

New era for state care video

Children's Minister Anne Tolley expects big results from the new ministry: Oranga Tamariki Ministry for Vulnerable Children.

Government plans to have far less children in state care within a generation, by tackling NZ's child abuse problem.

Record numbers in CYF care

Green Party social development spokeswoman Jan Logie says the new ministry looks under-prepared to turn the tide on ...

New children's ministry opens amid worsening figures for kids in care.

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CYF's gone, but what's changed?

Minister for Children Anne Tolley wants to drastically cut the number of children in state care.

The new Ministry for Vulnerable Children has opened its doors, but beyond the name, what's different?

What are 'Children's Teams'? video

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?

Is poverty linked to abuse?

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".


New ministry's signs of success video

Minister for Vulnerable Children Anne Tolley has set a lofty target: "That within a generation of care we're talking ...

OPINION: With NZ's shameful child abuse figures, Oranga Tamariki Ministry for Vulnerable Children has to be the circuit breaker.

Is your child next on our wall of innocence?

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

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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