Sir Toby Curtis is calling on iwi to stand up and take responsibility to stop child abuse in our communities. This follows the sentencing of those responsible for his death of three-year-old boy Moko Rangitoheriri in Taupō last year.
Curtis says he is outraged that child abuse is still prevalent in NZ.
“I am troubled with sorrow.”
Yesterday thousands marched around the country calling for an end to child abuse. On average one child is killed every five weeks which is why Curtis believes more needs to be done by iwi.
“Iwi need to be more vocal when saying child abuse will not be tolerated.”
Curtis says that iwi need to have access to CYF. He adds if government agencies are serious about stopping child abuse they need to walk the talk.
“CYF should contract Māori women representatives to mediate between their offices and iwi.”
Sir Toby says this is an issue that will be brought up in the next Iwi Leaders Forum hui.