Kids like Moko will continue to die. Tolley says Government can’t help them


Ms Tolley, who was at the pre-Budget announcement for sexual violence services, said those responsible for Moko’s death had already accepted responsibility.

“We have a court process where two people put their hands up to torturing a three-year-old which resulted in his death. That’s the truth.  Those people are the two people responsible for Moko’s death.

“It’s an absolute tragedy and your heart goes out to all the family. It would be the worst nightmare for a family to lose a child in that way,” she said.

She said CYF would go to a house if they’d had a report of concern, but that hadn’t been made in this case.
“There has been discussion of whether the woman was able to cope, but no one picked up the phone at any stage and said they felt those children were unsafe — that is a report of concern. No one did that; nobody has put their hand up and said they did that.”

When asked whether it would take more money or resources for CYF to fix things, she replied: “What, you’re going to put people into houses? Live with people? Really, none of that is going to make a difference if people do not understand violence is not acceptable in any circumstances.”

“It is illegal, you can make all the laws, you can have all the social workers, the dedicated people throughout New Zealand, but it comes down to the individual.”

She said while CYF is undergoing a major overhaul, it still wouldn’t stop someone “being cruel and torturing a child if they think that’s okay”.

Nothing is going to stop anyone from doing anything, and expecting the government to pick up the responsibility for Moko is just typical.  Media have been trying to hang this on National.

But then to add insult to injury, the people involved in the aftermath agree on a manslaughter deal because they only meant to torture him to an inch of his little life.  Killing him wasn’t the intent.

Every time I think about it, I feel sick.


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