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Ōwairaka Boys' Home, Auckland

Ōwairaka Boys' Home, Auckland

Ōwairaka Boys' Home was the subject of an inquiry by civil-rights groups the Auckland Committee on Racism and Discrimination, Ngā Tamatoa and Arohanui Inc, in 1978. Former residents and staff members gave evidence about the brutal treatment meted out to the boys and poor living conditions at the home. A critical Human Rights Commission report followed. These inquiries contributed to the eventual closure of homes like Ōwairaka.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Children’s homes and fostering - Experiences of institutional and foster care', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 August 2021)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 21 Dec 2018