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We specially wanted you to read our plea because, as a new minister of justice, you had told of your deep concern about the terrible things that had happened to us. We wanted politicians to honour the trust they ask for. We wanted people who knew about terrible child beating and abuse to have a legal res- ponsibility to pass those facts on to those who could move to stop it. Since we last spoke, some- thing like 20 more defence- less children like us have been killed like we were. But now, the new laws you want Parliament to pass are aimed at saving lost lives like ours. The changes will impose a legal obligation on those who should act but don t -- because it seems like narking or dob- bing in adults who were dear or near to us. We asked that the nation s beaten and abused kids have the same priority as emissions control and sand and sea issues which have been big topics while this crisis of literally life and death has gone on. We re still asking. We asked decision-makers to act, family and whanau to break their years of terrible silence and indifference. We re still asking. Instead they made up lies -- he fell off his bike, she tripped on the back step . For too many of us, those closed mouths and eyes that simply looked the other way led to our death. Some of us didn t live long enough to learn to sign our names on that first petition, much less vote. Signed again on our behalf: Chris and Cru Kahui -- We died in 2006 of unex- plained traumatic head injur- ies. When in a matter of minutes a jury acquitted our dad of causing our death, a relative spoke of cries from the grave for justice . We are still crying for someone who knows how we died to at last speak out. Arwen Fletcher --M y name comes from a character in Lords of the Rings. I was two when my stepfather took me to a Waiuku medical cen- tre on March 15, 2006, with serious injuries. I died in Starship two days later. He smiled and nodded to the jury when the not guilty verdict was read -- but his face hardened when he was found guilty of manslaughter. Mereana Edmonds --I died of three serious brain injuries after my mother and her partner, another lady, beat me. I was six. My mum was sentenced to eight years in 2000, her friend to 27 months. Tamati Pokai -- I was three in 2003 when my foster father beat me to death because I brought home a packet of jellybeans from kindy. Tangaroa Matiu -- I was three when my stepfather took to me in 2004 after I filled my pants because I was frightened. Police reckoned he hit me 100 times in 20 minutes with a piece of wood. When mum came, she didn t stop him. She slapped me. He got life for murder. I lost mine. My mum got seven years for manslaughter. Ngatikaura Ngata -- Same with me. It was 2006 and I was three. I filled my pants too. I got done over with a few things like a baseball bat. My stepfather and my mum both got eight years for manslaughter. Nia Glassie -- Everyone knows about me. I was spun around on a revolving clothesline and put in a tum- ble dryer, kicked around the floor. Dylan Hohepa Tonga Rimoni -- I literally ended up in Starship in 2008, dead at three with unexplained head injuries . Cash McKinnon -- I was three when I was found unconscious with head injur- ies at a Palmerston North house in August 2009. I died in hospital the next day. My mother s ex-boyfriend hit me because I put a toilet roll into the loo. He went to jail for seven years for man- slaughter. Karl Perigo-Check --I was two when my mum s boyfriend kicked me to death in October 2009. He was Rikki Ngatai-Check, 23, and he admitted he d caused the internal injuries and bleeding that killed me but his counsel argued he was guilty of man- slaughter rather than mur- der. Rikki s in jail for life with a minimum non-parole 17 years for killing me. My family was all mixed up. Rikki is a cousin of my real dad who is in jail for a non-parole 15 years for the 2007 murder of two-year-old Jhia Te Tua. She was killed at her place during a drive-by shooting in Wanganui after a clash between the Mongrel Mob and Black Power gangs. James Whakaruru -- I m a bit like Karl. I was beaten to death and stomped back in 1999 by my mother s boyfriend who was just out of jail after he beat me up before. He got 12 years for man- slaughter and I was dead at four. Name suppressed -- These guys who were living with my mum threw me against a wall, beat me and made me eat dog poo. I was only two. My mum knew about it but did nothing. She got 18 months. One of them got 10 years. Another got two. Tichena Crossland --I signed last time and I want to again. I was three. CYFS took me away from my mother and gave my father custody in 1997. After three months with him, I died from terrible head wounds and a badly damaged vagina. My dad was jailed for mur- der but acquitted of rape. I don t know why. Please Mr Power make cer- tain this doesn t happen to anyone else. That s all I ask. Please, pretty please! Next week: Last word on apprentices.
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