Epuni Boys’ Home
Epuni Boys’ Home, situated on 441 Riverside Dr in Lower Hutt, opened in 1959. Over the next 32 years, there were about 5000 admissions, some of them boys who returned a number of times. It has since closed before reopening in 2001 as an Oranga Tamariki facility. Epuni now houses nine young people aged 11 to 16. Oranga Tamariki stressed this week that it is now a different place, focused on giving the best care to children and teenagers in its charge.
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