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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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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

First Public hearing announced

03 July 2019

Abuse in Care, a Royal Commission of Inquiry has announced it will hold its first Public hearing - where evidence will be presented - on Tuesday, 29 October.

To prepare for this, we will also hold a one-day Procedural hearing on Monday, 19 August 2019.

The venue for both hearings will be confirmed and advertised soon.

At the Procedural hearing, we will provide all the information you need to know about the Public hearing, such as how to apply for leave to appear. Read more...

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. Read more...

Panui (Newsletter)

Panui newsletter
In the June 2019 Panui read about the Preliminary hearing, survivor feedback on private sessions and other Inquiry updates.
Read the June Panui

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