Family First NZ says that the upcoming Coroner’s Inquest into the death of Nia Glassie must tackle the issues of family breakdown and dysfunction and for that reason the Glassie family must be ordered to appear.
“According to Rotorua’s Daily Post, the Glassie family does not want to be involved in the inquest and wants to put it behind them. But the level of family dysfunction and breakdown is a key factor in the case and preventing further cases like this,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
“There are many questions to be asked including the responsiveness and actions of government and local agencies working with the family leading up to the death, whether the family had actively sought help, the role of substance abuse, possible welfare dependency and fraud, insufficient post-natal care and monitoring, and other factors.”
“The actions and lifestyle of the family are extremely important in determining risk factors for child abuse,” says Mr McCoskrie.
“The Glassie family can’t be allowed to hide from this process. And the Coroner should subpoena all members of the extended family to give evidence.”
“The Inquiry must be allowed to proceed so that we do all we can to ensure that other children do not have to suffer as Nia Glassie did.”