Story: Child abuse

Christchurch Civic Creche

In 1992 early childhood education teacher Peter Ellis and four women co-workers at the Christchurch Civic Creche were charged with sexually abusing children in their care. Charges against the women were dropped, but Peter Ellis was convicted and spent seven years in prison. He was released in 2000, still maintaining his innocence. The case was controversial and Ellis's conviction elicited a range of different opinions. This news clip from 1992 shows Ellis and his co-workers Gaye Davidson, Janice Buckingham, Marie Keys and Debbie Gillespie.

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Bronwyn Dalley, 'Child abuse - High-profile child-abuse cases', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 January 2022)

Story by Bronwyn Dalley, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 11 Apr 2018