July 3, 1993
MP 'misunderstood' creche call
supervisor of the Christchurch creche at the centre of the recent child abuse
trial says the Inquiry she seeks is not aimed at clearing the jailed creche
worker, Peter Ellis.
Ms Gaye Davidson said yesterday that the Minister of Police, Mr Banks, had
misunderstood the reason she and others were calling for an inquiry into the
They wanted the procedures of the Investigation into alleged abuse at the
Christchurch Civic' Childcare Centre reviewed.
Mr Banks has rejected the call from the Civic Child Care Inquiry
Organisation, saying there is no need for an official Inquiry.
Ms Davidson, who with two other creche workers was discharged on abuse
charges by the High Court, said the inquiry was sought before the outcome of
the Ellis trial.
Ellis has been jailed for 10 years on 18 sex abuse charges.
The group wanted the interviewing of the children and the number of
interviews to be studied.
Other concerns were the counselling of children as victims of abuse,
including satanic abuse; the procedure for investigating the background of
interviews; the "assumption" abuse had occurred as a premise for
interviews; and "manipulation" of children into talking about