The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care is looking into what happened to children, young people and vulnerable adults in care.

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How the Inquiry works

Find out how the Commissioners will investigate what has happened in care so they can write their report to the Governor General.


How to get involved

Find out how survivors can share their experiences with the Abuse in Care Inquiry.

Next hearings

 State Redress - Evidence from survivors of abuse

Monday 21 September to Tuesday 6 October

Survivors who have sought redress for abuse suffered in State care will give evidence at this hearing, as will lawyers who have dealt with government departments on behalf of claimants.

 State Redress - Witnesses for the Crown

Monday 19 October to Wednesday 4 November

The hearing has been split into two phases. Witnesses for the Crown will give evidence during this phase.

Commissioner's blog

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Follow some of the news of the Royal Commission with a monthly blog from our Commissioners. This month Commissioner Julia Steenson shares share her thoughts on important implications of Te Tiriti in our work. Read more.

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"Over the years I was in that world, I realised I lost the ability to love ... a lot of kids in that world don't know how to love"

Witness accounts from the Contextual hearing


"The beautiful gardens they had was just to disguise the abuse that went on."

Survivor videos

Treaty of Waitangi underpins us

The Royal Commission will use an approach that is consistent with Te Tiriti. How we adopt its principles of partnership, protection and participation is central to the work of the Inquiry and a core focus of our Māori Partnerships team.

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