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The Magnolia Files
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September 1992 - Police Photo - SRA and
the Ellis case
Taken by police but never used by the police or given to the defence.
The photo shows that even at the time the Crèche was closed (September 1992),
there were people actively promoting the idea that the Crèche case involved
satanic ritual abuse.
The photo shows an extract ("Working with children exposed to ritual
from Daniel Ryder's 1992 book
Internal Christchurch City Council Memos
deals to Union request for information; and his concerns about personal
Alistair Graham shows that Council was not acting in a neutral manner
Rob Dally working with police and Crown solicitor in releasing information
1992 - ACC
The ACC bonanza
Correspondence between City Council and ACC
Martin Maguire and John Gray from the Christchurch City
Council feel the heat from parents wanting to claim ACC money for the
"abuse" that occurred at the Crèche.
David Hutton from the ACC outlines the process required to claim money -
Parents were able to claim under existing legislation entitling them to
$10000 for the sexual abuse:
Hutton: "We need information (normally a
counsellor's report) which provides persuasive evidence that an event has
occurred which is "covered" under the ACC legislation. Note that
the level of evidence is persuasion rather than the level of proof required for
a Court of law."
In practice, ACC were happily "persuaded" - as the allegations by
themselves were enough to meet the ACC threshold.
September 1992 - Employment Case Documents
1992-0902 - Minute sheets of meeting between Ministry Education and
City Council staff
1992-0903 - Memo from City Manager John Gray to Mayor and City
Councillors about Crèche closure
1992-0907 - City Council Meeting Minutes
1992-0916 - Letter from Michael Deaker to Lawson
1992-0921 - City Council Meeting Minutes (of Sept 7)
1992-0929 - Letter from Michael Deaker to Crèche staff
1992 - New Evidence
A Crown letter the jury never got to see!
Letter from Dr Karen Zelas
to the Police
"It is clear that "Katrina"'s
parents elicited disclosures of abuse by Peter Ellis by highly leading
"Tommy"'s brother and parents did the same.
In "Tommy"'s case, the parents subjected him to intensive
interrogation pertaining to 'ritual' abuse between the three August
interviews which were on consecutive days.
"Tommy" would then disclose in the next interview with Sue Sidey
the information elicited by his parents the previous night."
October - Search Warrant served
on Lesley Ellis
June - Search Warrant served on 404 Hereford Street
1992 - Rosemary Smart - Review (pdf 390 kB)
A review of the Management Policy and
of the Civic Childcare Centre",
by Rosemary Smart, Director Campbell Centre,
"assumed Ellis was guilty" -
joined the bandwagon of what she called the "daycare sexual abuse
June 2 2005
The reason for the review is given in the introduction: "This review
of the management of the Civic Childcare Centre stems from incidents of alleged
sexual abuse of children at the Centre over a period of six years by a male
staff member qualified in early childhood education"
Smart immediately goes onto say that "Sexual abuse in daycare is a
phenomenon that is just beginning to be understood", and talks of the
incidence of sexual abuse and why a highly complimentary 1991 Education
Review Office review may not have indicated sexual abuse. The rest of the introduction includes
sections on perpetrators, symptoms and disclosures of sexual abuse.
Smart claims that she was only reviewing management, and was not looking
for whether an event happened ("A
City Possessed" p313). Martin Maguire (of the CCC) went on to
claim that "it had nothing to do with Peter Ellis"
The introduction and content say otherwise. The report was written on the
assumption that abuse had occurred and that the author (Smart) was setting
herself up as an expert in this "newly understood phenomenon".
and South, 1996) said that the report "assumed Ellis was
guilty" and "contained extensive accounts of his deviant
lifestyle". Smart's report encouraged the police to investigate the
women staff of the creche.
Smart fueled the hysteria prevailing. She was not objective but simply
another example of a professional jumping on the exciting and perhaps
titillating bandwagon of the sexual abuse witchhunt. That witchhunt would
not begin to abate for a decade.
June 28 -
Complainant Parent writes to Gaye Davidson (pdf 42 kB)
I've been wanting to send you a note for a while as we've
been really feeling for you and the rest of the staff during this difficult
time. I can only imagine its been hell for you all
May 1992 - March 1993 -
Gen Crossen, Social Worker (Documents)
believes her role was "vital"
New June 24 2007
Feb 1993, Letter by Crossen re her employment
Dec 1992, Helen Campbell report on Crossen supervision
Dec 1992, Gen Crossen report to December
Sep 1992, Janet Biswell of NZCYP reporting resolutions of
Police NZCYP and CCC Meeting
Aug 1992, Gen Crossen report to August
Jun 1992, Gen Crossen urges Martin McGuire of CCC to have
Jun 1992, Gen Crossen report to June
May 1992, Christchurch City Council Social Workers job
29 - Beth Wood - from the Office of Commissioner for Children (pdf 43 kB)
Beth Wood, Community
Relations Officer for the Commissioner for Children writes to the
Christchurch City Council.
The Office of the Commissioner for Children intends to
produce a parallel report to that being prepared by Rosemary Smart - for
general use in New Zealand. Wood wants to liaise with Smart on this project
Community Relations Officer
Commissioner for Children
"likely that we will produce a report on sexual abuse of children in day
also refer to The Pinocchio Files
writes to Peter Ellis offering support
A "friend" of Peter
Ellis writes to him offering her support.
Some time later she writes again withdrawing that support.
The document includes an extract from "A City Possessed" in which a
woman takes $10000 from the ACC compensation scheme
1992 - Paul Norris of TVNZ writes to Lianne Dalziel (pdf 86 kB)
In responding to Lianne Dalziel,
this site (peterellis.org.nz) notes that Lianne Dalziel had written to TVNZ
in her official capacity as MP for Christchurch Central, and not as a person
more intimately involved with the creche complainants. Dalziel publicly
admitted her personal interest in the creche case a decade later
"I am sorry to read of your concerns about our coverage of the child
abuse allegations at the Christchurch Civic Child Care Centre"
City Council - Meeting for Crèche Parents March 31
March 20: Letter to Parents
March 31: Information Pack given
to parents at meeting
Interesting two versions of one document
April 7: Letter to
parents who did not attend the March 31 meeting, enclosing information pack
March 29 -
Grandmother 'Walnut" writes to the Mayor of Christchurch (pdf 709 kB)
New June 18 2007 -
Note the large file size (Names
changed to those used in the book "A City Possessed")
"It's a known fact that the worst abused children are the ones who talk
least about their own abuse"
"Sexual abuse often leads to low self esteem, drug and alcohol abuse,
eating disorders, teen age pregnancies" "Do all of these children
have to undergo aids tests?"
26 - Prime Minister (Jim Bolger) requests information on case (pdf 60 kB)
New June 23 2007
Memorandum, Christchurch City Council, by Sally Latham
"On 20 March I received a phone call from Grace Todd
(ECE), Ministry of Education, Christchurch, requesting us to provide a
current list of staff employed at the Civic Childcare Centre, plus each
person's qualification. This information had been requested by the Prime
Minister's Office and was provided by me.
Further information on the centre was requested at the same time by
the PM's office, although most of it was held on file at the MOE in Christchurch. Alistair
Graham was also contacted by MOE for further information". Sally Latham.
March 26 -
Complainant parent writes to Creche
"It's au revoir - not
"Much love and many many thanks to the BIG END
"for so many years of loving care and laughs" xxxx
March 23 - Letter by
Ellis Lawyer Chris Knight to Police
Follow up letter to request for
information from the 10 March, noting that the police have not responded.
March 10 - Letter by
Ellis Lawyer Chris Knight to Police
Letter requesting file on Peter
Ellis, following informal advice that a widespread inquiry is taking place….