‘We don’t yet know the full scale of what happened’

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The Wireless

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Thousands of New Zealanders want an inquiry into historic abuse of children in state care:

Kohitere Boy's Training Centre in Levin was one of the main welfare institutions that has been the subject of complaints.
Kohitere Boy’s Training Centre in Levin was one of the main welfare institutions that has been the subject of complaints.

Photo: Aaron Smale/RNZ

When Eugene Ryder was barely a teenager, a grown man broke a rake over his back.

This was one of the many assaults – “corporal punishment, as it was known in those days” – the young man endured as a ward of the state in the early 1980s. His assailant was a staff member at a children’s residential facility, entrusted with the care of the thousands of boys who passed through its doors.

The rake, Eugene says, wasn’t the worst of it.

“When it broke, he kept the handle. He would use that as a tool for abuse – physically and sexually.

“It would scare the shit out of us. I’d…

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