Goddard: The Inquiry’s Latest Scapegoat?


Will the truth ever be revealed?

Researching Reform

Welcome to another week.

In what’s beginning to look more and more like a silly tit for tat, new rumours have surfaced which suggest former Child Abuse Inquiry Chair Lowell Goddard was a racist tyrant who treated junior staff badly.

We find this hard to believe. As a woman of Maori origin, and the first Maori to be made a High Court judge in her native New Zealand, Goddard will most likely have had to tackle racial biases in her personal and professional life. Maoris have been subjected to appalling treatment throughout history, a legacy which lives on in New Zealand’s current policies and prison population stats.

But it’s not just Goddard’s ethnic background which makes the allegations suspicious. Goddard was also the first panel member to suggest that her departure was due in part to internal problems at the inquiry.

Fast forward to the next Chair, Alexis Jay, who within…

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