13 episodes

In 1991, Peter Ellis was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the sexual abuse of more than a dozen children. What really went on at the Christchurch Civic Creche? Who can you believe?

Conviction RNZ Originals

    • True Crime
    • 3.9 • 40 Ratings

In 1991, Peter Ellis was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the sexual abuse of more than a dozen children. What really went on at the Christchurch Civic Creche? Who can you believe?

    Trailer: Conviction: The Christchurch Civic Creche Case

    Trailer: Conviction: The Christchurch Civic Creche Case

    What really happened at the Christchurch Civic Creche in the late 1980s and early 1990s? Was Peter Ellis wrongly convicted or should we believe the children. Listen to RNZ's new podcast and make up your own mind.

    • 2 min
    E01: Peter's Black Penis

    E01: Peter's Black Penis

    Who was Peter Ellis, the childcare worker at the centre of the accusations and how did he come to work there? Meet people with many different connections to what was to become New Zealand's most notorious child sexual abuse case.

    • 54 min
    E02: Poo Sticks

    E02: Poo Sticks

    There's fear and confusion after a child says 'I don't like Peter's black penis'. A second accusation causes the investigation to be ramped up.

    • 49 min
    E03: The Perfect Storm

    E03: The Perfect Storm

    As more and more children came forward with claims of sexual abuse, we ask whether international events were influencing the case in Christchurch.

    • 49 min
    E04: Money Talks

    E04: Money Talks

    Peter Ellis is arrested and charged with child sexual abuse. Creche parents are panicked and horrified. But what has really been happening at the creche?

    • 48 min
    E05: Total Recall

    E05: Total Recall

    As more and more children come forward with accounts of abuse, we look at what the role the parents, police and expert child interviewers may have played.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

nealeds ,

Nothing new

This story has already been very thoroughly done in a different podcast series..

SPKeast ,

Fascinating and well produced

Such an interesting sociological investigation that weaves together so many elements and does so with nuance and intrigue.

Bridgetdelange ,

Fantastic

I’ve listened to many true crime podcast series in my time and this one has to be one of my faves. It has the research and compelling storytelling of ‘casefile’, the intrigue and journalism of ‘teachers pet’ and wit of ‘my fave murder’. Love it team!!

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