Mark Staufer and Neil Harding: The Lost Boys of Dilworth

Auckland’s Dilworth boarding school was set up to to provide education to boys from disadvantaged backgrounds for free.

Last year an independent inquiry into sexual and physical abuse at the school uncovered a “catalogue of damage and injustice” spanning more than half a century.

Broadcaster turned screenwriter Mark Staufer was one of the boys physically and sexually abused while under Dilworth’s care.

He’s written and features in The Lost Boys of Dilworth, a docu-drama revealing his experiences along with several other abuse survivors including Neil Harding, who is leading the legal charge to hold Dilworth to account.


The Lost Boys of Dilworth premiered on TVNZ 1 on Sunday 14 April.

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