The Terms of Reference describe the purpose and boundaries of the inquiry and resulted in the work of the Commission being guided by eight pou or strategic pillars. These are: 

  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Survivor voice
  • Circumstances of going into care
  • Nature and extent of abuse
  • Impact of abuse
  • Systemic factors
  • Redress and rehabilitation
  • Transforming how we care.


On 1 February 2018, in a historic global first, the New Zealand Government asked Sir Anand Satyanand to gather New Zealanders’ feedback on the draft Terms of Reference for this Inquiry.

Sir Anand heard from over 400 groups and individuals and incorporated their submissions into a report. This report and its covering letter were presented to the Government on 31 May 2018 and have shaped the final Terms of Reference released by the Government on 12 November 2018.


Terms of Reference - Full version

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