(Above left) Commissioners (L-R): Dr Andrew Erueti, Judge Coral Shaw, Chair Sir Anand Satyanand, Ali’imuamua Sandra Alofivae and Paul Gibson

(Above right) Simon Mount QC, the Counsel Assist

Update - February 2019

February 1st is the one-year anniversary of the formal establishment of the Royal Commission (noting that the Terms of Reference were confirmed by the Government in November 2018).  This is a significant milestone and an opportunity to update you on our progress. Since the appointment of Commissioners in November 2018, progress has been made and the inquiry is beginning to take shape.

Values and Vision

The Royal Commission is about people, in particular children, young people and vulnerable adults, and their experiences of historical abuse and neglect in State care and in the care of faith-based institutions.  Commissioners have agreed the values of the Royal Commission will be:

  • Reciprocity and balance
  • Independence and determination
  • Transparency
  • Aroha.

Over the coming weeks we will test these to ensure they are appropriate in terms of their meaning for all stakeholders, in particular for Māori and Pasifika groups.

Commissioners have also established a vision for the inquiry.  They want to ensure that both the outcome of the inquiry and the process for engaging communities and survivors will transform the way care is provided to the most vulnerable people in our communities. 

The Royal Commission’s vision is: 

“Transforming the way we, as a nation, care for children,

young people and vulnerable adults in our communities.”


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