We are looking into what happened to children, young people and vulnerable adults in State and faith-based care in Aotearoa New Zealand between the years 1950-99. We may also listen to survivor experiences before and after these dates.
Many people and organisations - survivors, community leaders, iwi and Māori, the Human Rights Commission and the United Nations - have, for many years, called for an inquiry into abuse in care in New Zealand.
We are guided by our Terms of Reference.
These were finalised after hearing from over more than 400 groups and individuals about what the Inquiry should focus on.
The Inquiry is investigating:
We are specifically focusing on Māori, Pacific People and people with disabilities because of the disproportionate amount of people from these communities in care.
We are conducting investigations into different themes and care settings, including holding public hearings throughout the Inquiry.
We are conducting research and engaging with communities.
We will make recommendations to the Govenor General in 2023 on how New Zealand can better care for children, young people and vulnerable adults.