From adoption to MP: How Paul Eagle plans to rewrite the law

  • 19/11/2017

Over the last week new MPs have shared stories about their unique cultural backgrounds, their trials and tribulations, and in some cases, their tragedies.

But one speech in particular stood out from the rest. It was delivered by the new MP for Rongotai, Labour's Paul Eagle.

He shared his story of being adopted in 1972 due to a lack of support for solo mothers. A year later the Kirk Government introduced the Domestic Purposes Benefit. Mr Eagle was reunited with his birth parents 20 years later, and recently visited his marae in Waikato.

He told The Hui about his desire to champion changes to adoption laws to make it easier for adoptees to find their parents.

Watch the video for the full interview with Paul Eagle.