Adam Gifford

Elizabeth Kerekere | Sam Uffindell

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Green MP Elizabeth Kerekere said revelations about bullying at boarding schools by Tauranga MP Sam Uffindell underscore the need to tackle the culture of bullying in schools and workplaces.

Green MP Elizabeth Kerekere said revelations about bullying at boarding schools by Tauranga MP Sam Uffindell underscore the need to tackle the culture of bullying in schools and workplaces.

National Party leader Christopher Luxon suspended Mr Uffindell from caucus and called in a Queen’s solicitor to investigate not only the circumstances of his expulsion from Kings College but also allegations of a former roommate’s behavior aggressive and intimidating.

Dr. Kerekere compares it to investigations into abuses in state care.

“It’s easy to forget that and say ‘it happened a long time ago, it doesn’t matter now’.” It ignores how trauma works. It’s very hard to start healing when the trauma is still there, so 20 years isn’t that far off,” she says.

Dr. Kerekere says surveys of young people consistently show the long-term negative effects of bullying.