It was the revelation that rocked the motu.
When Te Awanuiārangi Black's former wife took to Facebook to call for survivors of sexual abuse to speak their truth, it reverberated far and wide.
Now others are stepping forward to share their stories of abuse.
Pete Smith became one of the most recognised faces in New Zealand film following his breakout role as Dooley in Once Were Warriors.
What many don't know is Smith too has been a keeper of the secret - a victim of sexual abuse.
He's speaking out now for the first time.
Watch the video for the full interview.
If you have witnessed or experienced sexual harassment or assault and would like to speak to someone, you could call the HELP support service.
- Auckland: (09) 623 1700 or visit helpauckland.org.nz
- Wellington: (04) 801 6655 or visit wellingtonhelp.org.nz