Terms of Reference report delivered (30 May 2018)

Royal Commission Chair Sir Anand Satyanand has delivered his report on the Terms of Reference to the Minister of Internal Affairs.

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Message from the Chair:

For many years survivors of abuse in New Zealand have called for an inquiry. They were supported on this issue in August 2017 by the United Nations Human Rights Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recommending the immediate set up of an independent Commission of Inquiry. The Human Rights Commission also ran the “Never Again” campaign. 
On February 1, 2018 Prime Minister, Rt Hon Jacinda Adern announced a Royal Commission of Inquiry into historical abuse. 
As appointed Chair of the Royal Commission, I was tasked with consulting with the public on the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry. I received more than 400 submissions in writing, by phone and at face to face interviews conducted over a period of several weeks. On May 30th I presented my findings from consultation and a report with new suggested Terms of Reference.
Cabinet is now considering and will make a decision on the final Terms of Reference. The Terms of Reference will set out what needs to be investigated and how this can be done. When this happens the Government will publicly announce the terms of the Inquiry and the names of the Commissioners who will join me on the inquiry. 
I will work with the appointed Commissioners to decide how the Royal Commission will operate and receive information. I will make it a priority to share the outcomes of our decisions with you, and continue to keep you informed of our progress. 

For many years survivors of abuse in New Zealand have called for an inquiry. They were supported on this issue in August 2017 by the United Nations Human Rights Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recommending the immediate set up of an independent Commission of Inquiry. The Human Rights Commission also ran the “E Kore Ano: Never Again” campaign. 

On February 1, 2018 Prime Minister, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern announced a Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse. 

As appointed Chair of the Royal Commission, I was tasked with consulting with the public on the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry. I received more than 400 submissions in writing, by phone and at face to face interviews conducted over a period of several weeks. On May 30th I presented my findings from consultation and a report with new suggested Terms of Reference.

Cabinet is now considering and will make a decision on the final Terms of Reference. The Terms of Reference will set out what needs to be investigated and how this can be done. When this happens the Government will publicly announce the terms of the Inquiry and the names of the Commissioners who will join me on the inquiry. 

I will work with the appointed Commissioners to decide how the Royal Commission will operate and receive information. I will make it a priority to share the outcomes of our decisions with you, and continue to keep you informed of our progress. 

Inquiry Chair Anand Satyanand's signature

Sir Anand Satyanand

Chair