FROM THE EDITOR
On Monday, the two people entrusted to care for 3-year-old Moko Rangitoheriri were sentenced to 17 years in jail - one of the longest sentences ever handed down for manslaughter in this country.
For me, and the team of reporters who have been working on the case for the last 10 months, it brought up many emotions.
We were there when the horrific details of what Moko endured before his death were first made public.
We were there when his aunt broke down in our newsroom and spoke of how Moko’s sister tired to hide her brother from his killers - but failed- later being forced to inflict abuse on him herself.
At times we were all in tears. As a parent it is unfathomable to me that anyone could ever do that to a child.
Last night I hugged my boys that little bit tighter- I told them I loved them probably a little too many times.
It was one small thing I could do to protect our country’s kids. Nicola Brennan-tupara