9 Jul 2018

Friends of accused paedophile reject widow's accusations

From Morning Report, 7:21 am on 9 July 2018

Friends and colleagues of the prominent Maori leader Te Awanui Black have spoken of their shock and grief over his widow's accusations that he was a paedophile. In an extraordinary live video, a distraught Anihera Black says her late husband had been abused as a child and had gone on to be a predator himself. She encourages victims to come forward to tell their stories. Awanui Black died from organ failure in 2016 - he was an iwi leader, a Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor, a Maori Party candidate and a member of the Maori Language Commission. This report from Gia Garrick starts with the facebook audio.