NZ Herald Jan 20, 2011
A Child, Youth and Family report into the care received by a nine-year-old girl who suffered “horrific” abuse at the hands of her parents has found no single glaring failure by any of the 12 state agencies involved. The report, which will not be released until charges against the girl’s parents have been heard, found there was “no single glaring failure on the part of any of the agencies involved with the child’s family”, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said. However, Ms Bennett has now initiated an independent ministerial inquiry into what she said was a “horrific” case and the worst she had seen. Former Ombudsman Mel Smith has been appointed to lead the inquiry, beginning immediately and reporting back by the end of March.