- Initial Commission meetings held
From late January until mid-March, Commissioners held a series of meetings with interested parties. These engagements – held in both Wellington and Auckland - included key individuals and organisations with a strong interest in the work of the Royal Commission. In all, more than 30 meetings were held involving more than 70 individuals and organisations.
The meetings were an opportunity for Commissioners to:
- Hear about expectations of the Inquiry
- Test their vision of the Inquiry and anticipated outcomes
- Test the advice they have received from the Secretariat
- Gain confidence in their approach ahead of private sessions and public hearings taking place.
Commissioners say they learned a lot from the discussions with survivors, their advocates and other individuals to assist them in the next phases of the Inquiry.
Included in the discussions were:
- Survivors and representatives of survivor networks
- Māori and Pasifika advocates
- Disability groups
- Faith-based survivors and advocates
- Social sector agencies
- Government agencies and Crown entities
- Researchers and academics
- Legal providers.