Between 1950 and 1999, it’s estimated around 100,000 children were taken into state care. The majority of them were Māori, and many of them were abused.

This episode is about Whānau | Family and how state care has affected the lives of many Māori children. We talk to a survivor of state care abuse Tyrone Marks, and journalist and researcher Aaron Smale about the current Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care, and the ongoing impacts for whānau.

Rediscovering Aotearoa is an 8-part video and podcast series by Re:, made with the support of NZ On Air. Check out the rest of the series at

This podcast was produced by Kayne Ngātokowha Peters and Anna Harcourt and edited by Richard Wills.

Watch the short documentary from 'Whānau | Family' here, and read the article here.


Made with support from NZ on Air.