10-May-2018 2:33 PM

New Zealand law firm Shine Lawyers, in partnership with its Australian Abuse team, will be hosting a press conference on May 15th at 12pm at The Shine Lawyers’ Auckland office to announce its new abuse law practice.

Date: Tuesday 15th May 2018
Time: 12pm
Location:  The Shine Lawyers Building,
Conference Room
 Level 12/52 Swanson St, Auckland
RSVP:, +61466 3367 497 by Friday 11 May 2018
The firm is launching the practice to challenge current NZ laws and to give abuse survivors the restitution they deserve.
“The availability of compensation for abuse in New Zealand is more restricted at present than in Australia and it shouldn’t be, but there are still avenues worth pursuing and we have the expertise and determination to pursue these for you,” said Shine Lawyers’ Lisa Flynn.
“We’re also focused on lobbying to change those laws to free survivors from the ongoing effects of abuse that they’ve suffered for their entire lives.”
The firm recently sent a submission to the Royal Commission urging it to consider all survivors of abuse in their Terms of Reference and not just those in State Care following the government’s announcement that it would ‘confront our history’ and establish a commission to inquire into State wrongs against children.
 “The safety of children whether in state care or in an institution should be non-negotiable. To injure the most vulnerable sector of society is a gross violation of a child’s rights and we believe it’s time the victims were heard and compensated,” said Flynn.   
 “The problems faced by survivors of abuse are the responsibility of every one of us. We therefore need to be champions of change, ridding all sectors of society from abuse. It starts with the Royal Commission but that will only be the start of our push for change” said Flynn.  
Mr. Wayne Ace-Kirker has waited for justice for more than 50 years and will be present at the press conference to tell his story.
He was a state ward in 1958 and for 13 years, endured ‘hellish’ treatment.
In that time Wayne was locked up because he was an unwanted child. He was locked up without criminality in various institutions across New Zealand (Wellington, Levin, and twice in Auckland Owairaka).
“I was not a criminal but was treated like one from the age of six, then 8, then again at the ages of 13 and 16. I was subjected to the most horrendous, unjustified acts without provocation. What I went through was horrendous, frightening and inhumane,” said Mr. Ace-Kirker.
Mr. Ace-Kirker is glad to finally see a Royal Commission in place to investigate the abuse that he, and many like him experienced.
 “I’m speaking out for all of those who can’t articulate or are too damaged to speak up. The Royal Commission gives us a chance to close this chapter of our lives and burn the book too. What happened to us, is not our fault and it’s time that was recognized.” said Mr. Ace-Kirker.
Shine Lawyers encourage survivors to come forward with their enquiries.
More Information: 
Grant Dearlove, Shine Lawyers, Head of Growth & Markets
Lisa Flynn, Shine Lawyers, National Abuse Law Manager,
Mr Wayne Ace-Kirker, Client
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***Light catering will be provided on the day.
Media Enquiries: 
For interview opportunities, to confirm your attendance and for more information:
Miriam Eryan, National Media & Communications Team Leader, Shine Lawyers +61 466 367 497

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