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For survivors

Executive Director Mervin Singham explains private sessions
If you are a survivor wanting to share your experiences with the Royal Commission the first step is to register your details with us.

There will be a number of different way to share your experiences including private sessions and in writing.
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Survivor feedback


Our Chair presenting alongside Minister Tracey Martin and Prime Minister Rt. Hon Jacinda Ardern
We have put together a timeline to show what the Royal Commission has done so far and what is coming up.

The Inquiry will make its first report to Government in December 2020.
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Our people

The Commissioners standing side by side
The Royal Commission is made up of our Chair, Sir Anand Satyanand and four Commissioners: Dr Andrew Erueti, Judge Coral Shaw, Ali’imuamua Sandra Alofivae and Paul Gibson.
Working alongside the Commissioners are Counsel Assist, Simon Mount, and Executive Director, Mervin Singham.
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Survivor videos

Survivor Jim Goodwin says "My message of hope to survivors is that it’s not a hole. You just step out of it and go tell your story and find the people who love you."

Survivor Kath Coster says she was just another child in the system and no one wanted to listen to her.

Survivor Advocate Paora Crawford Moyle is using her story to bring light to others.

These videos were made in response to requests from survivors to be seen and heard.

Their views are independent of the Royal Commission.

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Terms of Reference

The top section of the Terms of Reference
The Terms of Reference describe what the Inquiry will look at and how we will carry out our work.

We have created a short Plain English version, translated into eight languages including Easy Read and NZ Sign Language.
Terms of Reference

Latest news

Allegations raised against a staff member

21 June 2019

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in Care is aware of allegations raised against a staff member. These are serious allegations and they are being treated as such.

We understand this matter has been referred to New Zealand Police.

The Royal Commission has also commenced an independent investigation into the allegations. If the investigation indicates any grounds to take employment action, the Royal Commission will act immediately and appropriately. Read more...

Survivor feedback from first private sessions

14 June 2019

Hear how survivors found sharing their experiences at the Inquiry's first private sessions, run in May 2019.

“Brilliant - was ten out of ten. It was outstanding. Well thought out, which is important. It was really important to have the printed information. It's really important to let people know if the venue is a private house or rented by the RC - it's important to make this clear as people that have lived in a number of foster placements it can be a trigger going into a private home” Read more...

Panui (Newsletter)

Panui newsletter header image of an Albatross flying over the sea
In the May 2019 Panui read about the first private sessions, who is on the Survivor Advisory Group and other Inquiry updates.
Read the May Panui

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