Terms of Reference

On 31 January 2018 the Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon Tracey Martin requested the Royal Commission to undertake public consultation on the Royal Commission’s draft Terms of Reference.

Consultation began in February with stakeholders  This was supported by public awareness campaign launched on 30 April 2018 seeking submissions from the public.
The Royal Commission received submissions from over 400 people and organisations in writing, by phone and at face to face meetings. Chair Sir Anand Satyanand read and responded to all submissions. A wide range of views were considered including:
the Purpose of the Royal Commission of Inquiry
the Scope of the Royal Commission of Inquiry
a suitable reference to the Treaty of Waitangi
the dates within which the Inquiry should consider people’s experiences of abuse and neglect
what constitutes state care
The Royal Commission has now finished consulting on the draft Terms of Reference. The Chair has presented the Minister of Internal Affairs with a report on the results of the consultation along with advice on the matters discussed.

Consultation began in February with stakeholders  This was supported by public awareness campaign launched on 30 April 2018 seeking submissions from the public.

The Royal Commission received submissions from over 400 people and organisations in writing, by phone and at face to face meetings. Chair Sir Anand Satyanand read and responded to all submissions. A wide range of views were considered including:

  • the Purpose of the Royal Commission of Inquiry
  • the Scope of the Royal Commission of Inquiry
  • a suitable reference to the Treaty of Waitangi
  • the dates within which the Inquiry should consider people’s experiences of abuse and neglect
  • what constitutes state care

The Royal Commission has now finished consulting on the draft Terms of Reference. The Chair has presented the Minister of Internal Affairs with a report on the results of the consultation along with advice on the matters discussed.

What Happens Next

Cabinet will agree the final Terms of Reference which will be formally notified by the Minister. At that time the names of the Commissioners working on the Inquiry will be announced.

Once the Terms of Reference are Gazetted, the Royal Commission can begin to hear evidence.