Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference – Plain English Version
On 1st March 2019, the Commissioners released a shortened version of the Terms of Reference. This two page document explains, in simple English, what is contained in the Terms of Reference. 
We are currently in the process of getting this translated into a number of different languages including: NZ Sign Language, Easy Read and Te Reo, among others. These will be added to this page once completed.
You can read the Terms of Reference – Plain English Version here:
Frequently asked Questions
Please see below for a list of Frequently asked Questions (FAQs).  As a living document, these questions and answers will be added to over time; it is NOT a comprehensive list.  Note that in some cases, we may not be able to provide a definitive answer as it will depend on individual circumstances. 
You can read the Frequently asked Questions here:

Terms of Reference – Plain English Version

On 1st March 2019, the Commissioners released a shortened version of the Terms of Reference. This two page document explains, in simple English, what is contained in the Terms of Reference. 

We are currently in the process of getting this translated into a number of different languages including: NZ Sign Language, Easy Read and Te Reo, among others. These will be added to this page once completed.

You can read the Terms of Reference – Plain English Version here:

Frequently asked Questions

Please see below for a list of Frequently asked Questions (FAQs).  As a living document, these questions and answers will be added to over time; it is NOT a comprehensive list.  Note that in some cases, we may not be able to provide a definitive answer as it will depend on individual circumstances. 

You can read the FAQs here:

Full Terms of Reference

New Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission released 12 November 2018: Terms of Reference (Legislation website) 

Royal Commission Treaty Policy

As we develop our approach to the Inquiry we need to consider how to meet our requirements under Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi. The following policy and principles will guide our decisions as we undertake our work. We will partner with Māori and iwi to bring the Treaty and its principles to life.  

Read The Royal Commission’s commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi (HTML version)

Background on the Terms of Reference

On 1 February 2018, in a historic global first, the New Zealand Government asked Sir Anand Satyanand to gather New Zealanders’ feedback on the draft Terms of Reference for this Inquiry. 

Sir Anand heard from over 400 groups and individuals and incorporated their submissions into a report.  This report and its covering letter were presented to the Government on 31 May 2018 and have shaped the final Terms of Reference released by the Government on 12 November 2018. 

You can read the letter and report here: