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There is no sense to the killing of our children, and each case seems slightly different, but these children have been failed by us all. My heart broke while adding the over 250 profiles to this project with the knowledge that more would come, and that right now, somewhere in Aotearoa New Zealand, a child is being hurt and no one is hearing their cries - or someone is ignoring them. I wonder at the sentences handed out for the deaths; I wonder if children are seen as ‘less’ than adults as they have been in the past when babies were operated on without anesthetic. For if some of the horrific injuries that I have read about had been inflicted upon an adult I suspect the penalties would be much harsher. And yes, I can state two things right now, I would rather see a baby aborted then suffer days, weeks, months or years of abuse before being murdered. I would rather see a child wrongly taken from his or her family than read about another little life filled with horror, fear and pain. I feel for those at the ‘front lines’ – damned if they do, damned if they don’t. We cannot see into the future, but we can realise how terribly hard the job of parenting is and help become the ‘village’ that is needed to give parents a break and help raise all of our beautiful children in an atmosphere of safety and love.

A baby hatch (foundling wheel) was historically a place in a hospital or social centre where a baby (usually newborn) could be anonymously placed where it would be safe and cared for. Nowadays the flaps open onto soft warmed beds and a sensor alerts helpers to collect the baby. Apparently in Germany a mother can return and reclaim her baby within eight weeks with no legal repercussions. If unclaimed the baby will be put up for adoption. These hatches are in many countries around the world, but not in New Zealand where it is quite obvious from our terrible record of child deaths, that we need them. Let us be more humanitarian and less judgmental and provide options for those who are not coping with the 24/7-hour job of parenting. Remember the thousands of damaged and abused children who have survived, but will carry their physical and mental scars into adulthood. Any hospitals due for upgrade could be fitted with one of these and in just a few years all would have one.

Another thing that must be looked at is levelling the playing field. When I first started this project, I wrote this: Aotearoa New Zealand is a South Pacific paradise for some, but the program of neoliberal economic restructuring (aka Rogernomics) during the 1980’s and since has had devastating effects on the children of New Zealand and resulted in increasing levels of social inequality, teen suicide, child poverty, child abuse and child deaths. Creating a ‘robust economy’ via free-market reforms put economic growth above the safety and welfare of our children. The infamous "trickle-down" theory that reducing the tax burden on the wealthy will prompt them to invest more in the economy, leading to increased wealth for all has been proved absolute rubbish. Those at the top of the economic ladder who express shock and horror at the latest child murder do not seem to want to examine the role they themselves are playing in an unfair and unjust society. For to examine too closely might mean they have to give up their yearly (environmentally insane) overseas holiday – or the ones they are now planning post-Covid. Level the playing field and we might just have a chance of fixing the problems, but it might take another thirty years or so of hard work and a lot more empathy to do so.

- Text by Debbie McCauley (17 July 2021).

Image Credit: Yellow Kōwhai flowers in remembrance of New Zealand's murdered children. Credit: André Richard Chalmers, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Further Reading:

'At the heart of my being is the plight of women... And so that's my thing: it is only in working with the mothers that we will get to save the lives of these children' – Celia Lashlie (1953-2015).

  1. 1872 Whitting, Carl
  2. 1872 Whitting, Frederick
  3. 1872 Whitting, John
  4. 1876 Woodgate, Baby Boy
  5. 1879 Veitch, Phoebe
  6. 1882 Milne, Ellen
  7. 1882 Milne, John Henry
  8. 1889 Dean, May Irene
  9. 1891 Clark, John
  10. 1891 Flanagan, Baby Boy
  11. 1892 Munro, George Duncan
  12. 1892 Munro, John Hugh
  13. 1892 Munro, Lilly Emma
  14. 1893 McKernon, Sydney
  15. 1893 Phelan, Willie
  16. 1893 Scoular, Cyril
  17. 1895 Carter, Dorothy Edith
  18. 1895 Hornsby, Eva
  19. 1907 Hobbs, Baby Boy
  20. 1917 Carrick, Donald Lewis
  21. 1972 Morris, Gillian Frances
  22. 1980 O'Reilly, Alicia May
  23. 1980 Turner, Megan
  24. 1982 Turner, Cheney Louise
  25. 1983 Jensen, Kirsa Mary
  26. 1984 Tinnion, Michael Clark
  27. 1985 Attrill, Marc Bronson
  28. 1986 Damodran, Louisa Bina
  29. 1987 Cormack, Teresa Maida
  30. 1988 Dunn, Andrew
  31. 1988 Dunn, Tracey
  32. 1989 Cardno, Karla Josephine
  33. 1990 Bryson, Rewa Ariki
  34. 1990 Harlen, Robert John Herbert
  35. 1990 Holden, Jasmine Amber
  36. 1990 Percy, Dion Raymond Jack
  37. 1990 Wilson, Leo
  38. 1991 Reaney, Simon Anthony Brian
  39. 1991 Wales, Samantha Rei
  40. 1991 Witika, Delcelia Petrina
  41. 1992 Ali'iva'a, Agnes
  42. 1992 Cruickshank, Amber-Lee
  43. 1992 Curry, Sarah Jayne
  44. 1992 Ferguson, Phillip Michael Riki
  45. 1992 Manukau, Craig Henry James
  46. 1992 Masiasomua, Michael
  47. 1992 Popo, Nikau Sonny
  48. 1992 Ratima, Barney Rapana
  49. 1992 Ratima, Piripi Dion
  50. 1992 Ratima, Stacey Raymond
  51. 1992 Sands, Julie Michele
  52. 1992 Schlaepfer, Aaron Brian
  53. 1992 Vini, Cara Hazel
  54. 1993 Ihaia, Renata David
  55. 1993 Kairau, Wayne Marshall
  56. 1993 Poli, Natalia Maria-Luisa
  57. 1993 Poli, Tiana Huriana
  58. 1993 Reid, Kompton Marshall Cruisin
  59. 1993 Tauwhare, John Ratu
  60. 1993 Thompson, Samantha Mere Kura Christine
  61. 1993 Wales, Emma Kate
  62. 1994 Aramakutu, Audreana Hinemataroa Chantle
  63. 1994 Ashby, Jordan
  64. 1994 Bain, Stephen Robin
  65. 1994 Bristol, Claudia Abby
  66. 1994 Bristol, Holly Alyse
  67. 1994 Bristol, Tiffany Anne
  68. 1994 Duggan, Glen Bo
  69. 1994 Gibson, Dane Farrell
  70. 1994 Hart, Nikita Bernice
  71. 1994 Peterson, Jillayne Le Edward
  72. 1994 Rikihana, Jeanette Multipola
  73. 1994 Summerfeldt, Sasha Sabrina Tabitha
  74. 1995 Apiti, Chanelle Ngahuia
  75. 1995 Harrington, Cory Augustine
  76. 1995 Takerei-Mahu, Veronika Maree
  77. 1995 Vercoe, Joseph Richard
  78. 1996 Grant, Chay Russell
  79. 1996 Grant, Robert Forbes
  80. 1996 Nixon, Sara May Ellen
  81. 1996 Watson, Victoria
  82. 1997 Chaney, Jamoure Moroni Maki Tuhou Ngarimu Schlwager
  83. 1997 Crosland, Tishena Valentine
  84. 1997 Crothall, Brittany Karen Lorraine
  85. 1997 Grey, Marcus Te Hira
  86. 1997 Kaur, Sapphire Jatinder
  87. 1997 Keats-Hammond, Shae Mattie
  88. 1997 Kokiri, Peti Taihuka Cherie
  89. 1997 Perrin, Jayden Stephen
  90. 1997 Price-Bathe, Brie Jacmel
  91. 1997 Price-Bathe, Marco Brunn
  92. 1997 Rogers, Anaru Te Wheke Donny Te Moananui
  93. 1998 Bentley, Kirsty Marianne
  94. 1998 Dodunski, Nivek Frederick Louis
  95. 1998 Hope, Lisa Michalle
  96. 1998 McRoberts, Kelly Rae
  97. 1998 Tarawa, Jonelle Tangihaere
  98. 1999 Han, Christine Jee-Eun
  99. 1999 Han, Nicholas Sung-Min
  100. 1999 Manawatu-Wright, River Michael Wiremu
  101. 1999 Matekino, Walker Simon Pourini
  102. 1999 Matekino, Winiata Q
  103. 1999 Smith, Israel Te Rangitihi Edwin Te Apatu-Aporo
  104. 1999 Smith, Keziah Te Huia
  105. 1999 Whakaruru, James
  106. 1999 Whittington, Jeff Ryan
  107. 2000 Briggs, Jordan Haimoana
  108. 2000 Edmonds, Mereana Te Mana Motuhake
  109. 2000 Karatiana-Matiana, Hinewaoriki Rerenoa Merekara
  110. 2000 Leuta, Liotta 
  111. 2000 Lundy, Amber Grace
  112. 2000 Matiu, Tangaroa
  113. 2000 Perkin, Alice Elizabeth
  114. 2000 Perkin, Cherie Christine
  115. 2000 Perkin, Maria Victoria
  116. 2000 Simmonds, Pirimai Stanley
  117. 2001 Aplin, Saliel Jalessa
  118. 2001 Hingston, Dominique Frances
  119. 2001 Hingston, Nikkita
  120. 2001 Jetson, Olympia Marisa
  121. 2001 Marshall, Daniel John
  122. 2001 Mauri, Ryco Lance
  123. 2001 Maxwell, Jaelyn Ariki Ngatai
  124. 2001 Moorhead, Caleb Jan
  125. 2001 Schumann, Thomas Lance Darshay
  126. 2001 Wright, Levi John
  127. 2002 Apiti-Vaevae, Nagtuaine Shannen
  128. 2002 Davidson, Iris Kathleen
  129. 2002 Gordon, Brodie
  130. 2002 Marks, Shontelle Renee
  131. 2002 St Michael, Valerie-Kalin Stasya
  132. 2002 Zeng, Wonder
  133. 2003 Burrows, Coral-Ellen
  134. 2003 Gush, Kelly Paula
  135. 2003 Pokaia, Tamati Etu Matthew Patrick
  136. 2003 Ross-Lewis, Anahera Janine Te Aroha
  137. 2003 Tribble, Caleb Nathaniel
  138. 2003 Wano, Rocky Rangikotua Rawhiti
  139. 2004 Apera-Seve, Storm Melematisa Teana
  140. 2004 Clements-Matete, Mereana Wairakau Karoline Pounamu
  141. 2004 Fielding, Cameron Lea
  142. 2004 Fielding, Krystal Lea
  143. 2004 Harris, Kathleen Rebecca Antishar
  144. 2004 Harrison-Taylor, Gabriel Richard
  145. 2004 McRae, Molly Rose
  146. 2004 Mercer, Will David
  147. 2004 Niania, Raiden Heretinie
  148. 2004 O'Carroll, Ngamata Porotu
  149. 2004 O'Carroll, Te Hau Te Horo
  150. 2004 Wilson, Alyssa Amy Te Ataahua
  151. 2005 Morrissey, Aaliyah
  152. 2005 Ngahere, Tumanako Hemi
  153. 2005 Woodcock-Haddock, Sarah Rebekah
  154. 2006 Fletcher, Arwen Katarina
  155. 2006 Iosua, Tai
  156. 2006 Kahui, Christoper Arepa [twin]
  157. 2006 Kahui, Cru Omeka [twin]
  158. 2006 Kaumeafaiva, Manaola
  159. 2006 Little-Murphy, Alyssa Patricia
  160. 2006 Ngati, Ngatikaura
  161. 2006 Sale, Melissa
  162. 2006 Waru, Staranise Orangaiti Hinerangi
  163. 2007 Flynn, Tyla-Maree Daryl
  164. 2007 Glassie, Nia Maria
  165. 2007 Kalim, Juwairiyah
  166. 2007 Makaza, Charlene Nyasha
  167. 2007 Miller, Ash David
  168. 2007 Petersen, Cheyenne
  169. 2007 Te Awa, Jyniah Mary
  170. 2007 Te Tua, Jhia Harmony
  171. 2007 Tepu, Steven Mannie
  172. 2008 Hapeta, John Xavier Andrew
  173. 2008 Mahomed, Tahani
  174. 2008 Mohamed, Tahani
  175. 2008 Osborne, Riley Justin
  176. 2008 Pailegutu, Duwayne Tietutaote
  177. 2008 Papuni, Triston Jermaine
  178. 2008 Rimoni, Dylan Hohepa Tonga
  179. 2008 Truger, Konrad
  180. 2009 Abbott, Britney Angelique
  181. 2009 Dhani, Sachin
  182. 2009 Flowers, Dominic James
  183. 2009 Lock-Tata, Jayrhis Ian Te Koha
  184. 2009 Matthews, Trent James
  185. 2009 McClutchie, Hail-Sage
  186. 2009 McKinnon, Kash Meshetti
  187. 2009 Mitchell-Stephens, Trae Blayde
  188. 2009 Perigo-Check, Karl Richard Arc
  189. 2009 Petersen-Davis, Jacqui
  190. 2009 Tahuri-Wright, Cherishsiliala
  191. 2009 Tairoa-Wichman, Teegan Te Hua Tahi
  192. 2009 Waston, Ellah Synette
  193. 2009 Watson, Keira Jolie
  194. 2010 Ikamanu, Seini Unaloto Ki Pulou
  195. 2010 Koro-Baker, Sahara Jayde
  196. 2010 Sangha, Anna
  197. 2010 Taylor, Cezar Wairere
  198. 2011 Akau-ola, Baby Boy
  199. 2011 Bayliss, Jade Louise
  200. 2011 Edwards, Tahi Elvis
  201. 2011 Greenwood, Bryer Rose
  202. 2011 Lawrence, James Joseph Ruhe
  203. 2011 Matthews-Poumako, Kororia Calico Emerald Vick
  204. 2011 Miles, Hayden Peter
  205. 2011 Morehau-Clark, Brooklyn
  206. 2011 Morehau-Clark, Merepeka
  207. 2011 Reti, Mikara Ranui Jarius
  208. 2011 Schick, Harrison Francis
  209. 2011 Scott-Dennington, Serenity Jay
  210. 2011 Taura-Griffiths, Terepo
  211. 2012 Ayala, Dania Preciado
  212. 2012 Christensen, Antony Herewini
  213. 2012 Daleon, Bea Marguerita Barrica
  214. 2012 Lotonu'u-Lorigan, Leilani Mary-Jane
  215. 2012 Topia, Hinekawa [triplet]
  216. 2013 Raroa, Milton Manihera Waikaaho
  217. 2013 Solomon, Aaliyah Isabella Betty Rawiri
  218. 2013 Stone, Reef Rippa
  219. 2013 Taylor-Matene, Atreyu
  220. 2013 Thompson-Hatley, Raynar-Lee Soljar
  221. 2013 Turany, Soul Mathew
  222. 2014 Ashworth, Honour Shamrock
  223. 2014 Livingstone, Bradley Victor Terry
  224. 2014 Livingstone, Ellen Mary Daisy
  225. 2014 Stephens, Karlos [twin]
  226. 2014 Takiari, Cassius Waaka
  227. 2015 Chand, Aaliyah Ashlyn
  228. 2015 Fisher, Alexander Michael George
  229. 2015 Hutchison, Leith Allen
  230. 2015 Jayet-Cole, Leon Michael Le Fleming
  231. 2015 Kinraid, Esme Calire
  232. 2015 McSorley, Gracie-May
  233. 2015 Neil, Isaiah
  234. 2015 Rangitoheriri, Moko Sayviah
  235. 2015 Stokes, Ihaka Paora Braxton
  236. 2015 Watson, Maggie Renee
  237. 2015 Wereta, Matiu
  238. 2016 Daniels-Sanft, Amokura
  239. 2016 Richardson, Bella
  240. 2016 Skipper-Hira, Saphire Te Aroha
  241. 2016 Uddin, Richard Royal Arif Te Kakahi Winiata
  242. 2018 Rush, Amber-Rose
  243. 2018 Thompson-Pene, Comfort Jay
  244. 2019 Ager, Nevaeh Jahkaya Whatukura
  245. 2019 Albertkiu-Makoare, Micheal John Junior Timarearokaikah
  246. 2019 Alhaj-Mustafa, Hamza Khaled
  247. 2019 Bell, Malcolm
  248. 2019 Carpenter, Hezekiah Hadrin
  249. 2019 Gardner, Sadie-Leigh
  250. 2019 Ibrahim, Aden Mucaad
  251. 2019 MacIntosh, Hunter Arthur
  252. 2019 Maraki, Hinetaeorangi
  253. 2019 Milne, Sayyad Ahmad
  254. 2019 Ngahere, Maree Kiwana-Makanihi Takuria-Mita
  255. 2019 Smith, Kalis Manaia
  256. 2019 Tarmizi, Mohammad Haziq Mohd
  257. 2019 White, CJ Bodhi
  258. 2020 Samson-Dean, Thalia
  259. 2020 Sio, Ferro-James Tiopira
  260. 2020 Taueki-Jackson, Sofia
  261. 2021 Drummond, Javarney Wayne
  262. 2021 Frost-Lawn, Regan
  263. 2021 Goodger, Andrew George
  264. 2021 Hill, Niko William
  265. 2021 McCarthy, Joseff Alan James
  266. 2021 Purukamu, Zion
  267. 2021 Wallace, Jack
  268. 2021 August 16 - Anahera (newborn baby found at Visy Recycling, in Onehunga)
  269. 2021 September 11 - 16-year-old female in McVilly Road, Manurewa
  270. 2021 September 18 - Timaru - Liane Dickason (6yrs old)
  271. 2021 September 18 - Timaru - Karla Dickason (2yr old twin)
  272. 2021 September 18 - Timaru - Maya Dickason (2yr old twin)