Commission of Inquiry into Child Abuse Essential

‘How many more children have to die before we do something?’
Family First NZ is repeating its call for an Commission of Enquiry into the unacceptable levels of child abuse
and deaths in NZ.

The call comes following the death of a Palmerston North 3-year-old today. It follows the death of a 2-year old
child in Kaitaia, the investigation into the critical injuries suffered by a Whangarei toddler, and an admission by
police of “unacceptable” delays and insufficient investigation into child abuse cases – especially in the

“The 80% plus of NZ’ers who oppose the anti-smacking law are not people who are demanding the right to
‘assault’ and ‘beat’ children,” says Bob McCoskrie of Family First. “They are simply kiwis who are exasperated
with the fact that politicians and supposed family welfare groups are more interested in targeting good parents
than tackling the tougher issues of family breakdown, drug and alcohol abuse, violence in our media, poverty
and stress, and weak family ties.”

“Since the passing of the anti-smacking law, there has been a continual stream of child abuse cases and the
rate of child abuse deaths has continued at the same rate as before the new law with at least 14 deaths since
the law was passed,” says Mr McCoskrie.

“These latest cases are yet another wake-up call that children will never be safe until we are honest enough as
a country to identify and tackle the real causes of child abuse.”

“An independent Inquiry free of political correctness and agendas would be an important first step,” says Mr
Since Anti-smacking law was passed

1. 16 month old Sachin Dhani June 2007

2. 28-year-old woman charged with murdering a newborn baby found dead in the backyard of a Te Mome Road property in Alicetown – June 2007

3. 22-month-old Tyla-Maree Darryl Flynn June 2007

4. 3 year old Nia Glassie July 2007

5. Ten-month-old Jyniah Mary Te Awa September 2007 Manurewa

6. Two-month-old Tahani Mahomed December 2007 Otahuhu

7. 3 year old Dylan Hohepa Tonga Rimoni April 2008 Drury

8. A 27-year-old Dunedin mother of five admitted infanticide. On May 26 she lost control, banged the baby’s head repeatedly against the couch, choked her, then threw her on the bed and covered her with a blanket. May 2008

9. 7-year-old Duwayne Toetu Taote Pailegutu. July 2008

10. 16-month old Riley Justin Osborne (Kerikeri) boy Dec 2008

11. Three-year-old Cherish Tahuri-Wright (Marton) Feb 2009

12. Five-week-old Jayrhis Ian Te Koha Lock-Tata (Taupo) Mar 2009

13. One-year-old Trent James Matthews – aka Michael Matthews Jun 2009

14. Two-year-old Jacqui Peterson-Davis Kaitaia Aug 09
15. Three-year-old ?? Palmerston North Aug 09


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