Should child abuser Oriwa Kemp have access to her children?

Morning Talk 04/01/2018
Oriwa Kemp. Credit: Getty.

A woman who went to prison for ill-treating Rotorua toddler Nia Glassie a decade ago is fighting for custody of her newborn son.

Oriwa Kemp was convicted of assaulting three-year-old Nia, who died in 2007.

Five of her children are all in care. Her youngest, a boy, was born on December 15 last year.

The 27-year-old says she is now working to prove that she could be a fit mother.

Novi Marikena from the Hoani Waititi Marae joins Stephen McIvor to discuss his connection with Oriwa Kemp and whether she should be allowed to see her children.

"She certainly came to us a mess. Life had been dysfunctional," he says.

But Mr Marikena says Kemp is working to become a better person.

He believes if Kemp is to have greater access to her children she needs to have greater support.

This is not something that can just happen tomorrow.

"She would need five years of assistance around her to get back into normality again", he says.

Mr Marikena, who works with Oriwa Kemp daily, says the media portrays her as a different person to what he sees.

Listen to the full interview with Novi Marikena above.

CALLER: 'I'm an alcoholic and lost my children to care'

Alicia, a RadioLIVE listener, called Stephen McIvor to share her own story of losing her five children to care. 

In January 2016, Alicia says she drove her car under the influence of alcohol with her children in the car.

As a result, her children were all taken away from her and put in care.

Since then, Alicia says she has been working to become a better parent in hope of getting her children back again.

"I've made huge changes.

"I am now 14 months clean and sober", she says.

Despite admitting to exposing her children to alcoholism and drug use, Alicia believes people can turn their lives around for the better.

I feel you can be rehabilitated and then there's no reason to keep you from your children.

Listen to the full interview with Alicia above.

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