An appalling and outdated law means thousands of New Zealanders still have no access to information about their identities. Bonnie Sumner wants to know why the Government refuses to recognise the terrible legacy of forced adoptions.
When my mother gave birth to me and held me in her arms, I was the first blood relative she had ever laid eyes on.
Her mother – my grandmother – was clearly unable to care for her own child, because she had had sex outside marriage. According to the wise leaders of the time, this meant she also lost all ability to feed, clothe and love her baby. So a nurse took my mum and gave her to a more responsible couple.