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July 26, 2015


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Anita Joy

This is unbelievably scary! Dr Pomare(Sir Maui Pomare) who dedicated his life to the preservation of the Maori people as Pakeha diseases threatened to wipe out his people, lobbied for the suppression of the tohungas, in the early 20th century, for good reason.

How is it that these so-called 'family' were not imprisoned, while the torturers and murders of Indiana girl, Sylvia Likens, were?

Ain't no cure for stupid in either the Maori or Pakeha cultures.

Anita Joy

In 1963, June Miru, a young Maori woman from northern New Zealand, lost her first child within hours of him being born. Her father shook his head resignedly and told her she had been cursed. He called it the Makutu. 25 years later, when three of her daughters each lost a son in the same tragic way in the same year, the word Makutu was spoken again. It would be many long years, another three deaths in the family, and an extraordinary relationship with a New Zealand geneticist before they learned the real reason for their loss, and the shadow of the Makutu was lifted.

This is a story about a family struck by tragedy – the loss of seven little boys from severe deformities at birth; a New Zealand scientist determined to find an answer to the family’s misery; the fascinating world of molecular research and his resultant world breakthrough; and about the ever-present importance of genetics in our lives – the choices and ethical dilemmas we all might one day have to face.


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