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Silence from Minister on CYF not a good look

Katherine Rich National Party MP

11 September 2005

Silence from Minister on CYF not a good look

National Party MP Katherine Rich is appalled by the deafening silence from the Minister's office over the disastrous way CYF handled the disappearance of a boy in its care.

"The Minister has failed to take any responsibility for this, the second case of its kind in recent weeks," says Mrs Rich.

On Friday National demanded a full inquiry into reports that CYF took three months before officially reporting to police that 15-year-old Israel McNulty was missing.

"CYF did not report to police that 13-year-old Otis Auela was missing for two days. Police reports indicate CYF did not officially report Israel McNulty missing for three months!"

The Dunedin boy was placed by CYF in the care of the Wairaka Kokiri Trust of Whakatane on or about 5/6 May. Two days later on 8 May, he ran away.

According to police, neither CYF nor the trust made a missing persons report to the police. A missing persons report to police was finally made on August 8 2005, some three months later. "The fact a child can be missing for three months and not reported to the police is an unforgivable disgrace.

"Ruth Dyson must front up and answer questions about this latest failure on her watch, rather than continue to trot out her stale lines about CYF's 'culture of excellence'," says Mrs Rich.

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