Are you a survivor of abuse in state or faith-based care?

Sharing your experiences could make a difference for those in care in the future.

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For survivors

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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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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

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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

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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

Survivor Advisory Group appointed

21 May 2019

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in Care has announced the appointment of a Survivor Advisory Group.

The group will represent survivors of abuse in State care and those from faith-based institutions.

Commission Chair Sir Anand Satyanand says survivors are at the centre of the Royal Commission’s work and it is essential their voices are heard and respected. Read more...

The Royal Commission welcomes the Government’s Inquiry approach

8 May 2019

The Royal Commission has welcomed the Government’s approach outlining how it plans to respond to issues that emerge during the course of the Inquiry.

The Government says it will take action in a transparent, coordinated and timely way, and indicated it will respond in real time to issues identified by the Commission during the course of its work. Read more...

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