Anton Blank is New Zealand’s leading Maori child advocate and in 2008 established the Maori child advocacy organisation Mana Ririki.

For a decade Anton has played a pivotal role in raising awareness about child maltreatment, New Zealand’s parenting legislation and child poverty. He has urged Maori leaders and communities to take responsibility for New Zealand’s most serious issue – Maori child abuse.

Half of the children killed through maltreatment in New Zealand are Maori, and Maori children are twice as likely as other groups to be subjected to child abuse.

Resigning from Mana Ririki in October 2014, Anton is now an independent advocate and commentator with an interest in child poverty and maltreatment, politics, leadership and social change.

Listen here to Anton talking explaining strategies to reduce Maori child abuse to National Radio’s Chris Laidlaw

Read below about Anton’s perspective on Maori child abuse – from The Listener in 2009.

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