Stuff co.nz 8 May 2014
A Northland Child Youth and Family caregiver has been found guilty of sexual and physical assaults against children in his care.
In the High Court in Whangarei today, the jury returned 21 guilty verdicts and 2 not guilty verdicts against Taite Hemi Kupa, 57. They deliberated for two days.
Conservative lobby group, Family First, said the verdict revealed systemic issues in CYF and called for an inquiry into its policies and procedures.
“There is obviously some huge flaws in the vetting system of caregivers, and in the level and frequency of care and communication between social workers and children in care,” national director, Bob McCoskrie, said.
Child Youth and Family expressed their sorrow and promised ongoing support for the children and their families.
“We are devastated this abuse happened to children and young people in our care,” Marion Heeney, Child, Youth and Family Regional Director, Te Tai Tokerau said
“It’s our hope that the verdict will bring some closure at least to the victims of Mr Kupa’s crimes.”