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.

Read the statement from the Royal Commission Chair

View a lecture by Elizabeth Stanley (58:29): Acknowledging State Abuse in New Zealand (Victoria University of Wellington, July 2018)


Message from the Chair:

The legacy of people taken into state care who suffered neglect and abuse is a stain on our country’s history.  A majority of people who have been in state care are Māori and also Pasifika.  While some people received a better education and start in life, regrettably many did not and suffered abuse and neglect.

The Human Rights Commission and the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination called for this matter to be the subject of an independent inquiry.  The Government has accepted the task by establishing the Royal Commission.

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care is conducted under the Inquiries Act 2013.  The Commission has the authority to come to its own independent conclusions and recommendations.

I have been appointed as the Chair of the Royal Commission. It is my responsibility to consult with the wider community on the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry.

The Terms of Reference will set out what needs to be investigated, and how this can be done. Once the Terms of Reference have been decided, the Inquiry will begin. The Inquiry is expected to take three years. 

We have an obligation to make a better future for all New Zealanders.  We need to work together to make sure we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past. 

Inquiry Chair Anand Satyanand's signature

Sir Anand Satyanand