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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