February 2018

  • Royal Commission of Inquiry established
  • Consultation on the (Draft) Terms of Reference

In February 2018, the Government announced the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and asked Sir Anand Satyanand to consult on the draft terms of reference.

This was a New Zealand first.

Between February and May, Sir Anand consulted with survivors, interested parties and the New Zealand public.

The Commission received more than 400 submissions in writing, by phone and in face-to-face interviews conducted over a period of several weeks.

Half the submissions were from survivors of abuse, or from people on behalf of survivors.

Some came from institutions and entities with views to offer such as the Law Societies, churches and people professionally associated with social work.

Many submissions advocated for expanding the scope to include non-state care.