New Zealand’s Wall of Shame is your Wall of Shame

Do you feel some vicarious credit when the All Blacks win the Rugby World Cup, or when Lydia Ko takes out another championship?

Then I suppose you will also feel vicarious responsibility for some of this:



– Tawera Wichman, three years and 10 months for manslaughter of his 11-month-old daughter Teegan Tairoa-Wichman.

– Michael Kereopa, eight years for manslaughter of his partner’s six-month-old daughter Gracie-May McSorley.

– Troy Solomon, 17 years for murdering his five-month-old daughter Aaliyah Solomon.

– Myra Paea, two years for the manslaughter of her seven-week-old son Milton.

– Kamal Reddy, 21 years for murdering Juwairiyah “Jojo” Kalima, 3, and his mother Mubarak Yusuf, 24.

– Tania Shailer and David William Haerewa, 17 years each for manslaughter of Moko Rangitoheriri, 3.

– Eric Baden McIsaac, 14 years for murder of his half brother Alex Fisher, 10.


– James Mataafi and Mosala Saleupolu, charged with manslaughter of Imogen Saleupolu-Mataafi.

– Evelyn Sen, 44, charged with murdering Maggie Renee Watson, 4.

– Shayal Sami, 19, charged with murdering Aaliyah Chand.

– A 22-year-old man charged with murdering three-month-old Richard Royal Arif Tekakahi Winiaa Uddin.

– A 30-year-old man is charged with murder of 15-month-old Leith Allen Hutchison.

– Troy Taylor charged with murdering 15-month-old Ihaka Paora Braxton Stokes.


– James Stedman Roberts, 35, died before trial for murder of Leon Jayet-Cole, 5.

It is strange, is it not, that we can derive such joy from our collective achievements, but none of us feels in any way responsible for the dreadful statistics outlined above?

And as individuals, we should not feel responsible.  You didn’t kill a baby.  But then, you also didn’t score that try.

One thing is clear, Sue Bradford’s heart may have been in the right place, but banning corrective smacking by a parent in a loving family hasn’t made an iota of difference to New Zealand’s child abuse, manslaughter and murder rates.

Next, we had Sir Owen Glenn put serious cash towards trying to discover, distill and work on some kind of answer.  He was mowed down by the left for having been misogynistic in the past.  No chance at redemption and his initiative was killed off, dare I say it, before it learned to walk.  It was more important to land a political hit on an enemy of Labour than it was to save a single child.

Then we have clowns like Gareth Morgan running around, who is more concerned about having the public part-fund his private beach, manage a soccer team and to dispatch people’s cats for the sake of birds.  And yet Mr Morgan has no motivation to address something serious in society.  He still gets air time.

Let’s hope Anne Tolley’s CYFs review gets to implement the foundations of measures that start to pay off long after she ceases to be a minister.  In the mean time our most vulnerable children remain unprotected.   To expect any change in the short term is unrealistic.  But we can at least share some of the vicarious shame.  The kids deserve it.



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