The Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry Faith-based Redress hearing resumes for its second week today in Auckland.

Commissioners will hear from three witnesses. Witness evidence summaries are outlined below.

The hearing is being live-streamed here.

Hearing location: Level 2, 414 Khyber Pass Road, Newmarket, Auckland 1023.

7 December

10:00am

Jacinda Thompson

Jacinda Thompson will talk about abuse suffered as a parishioner of the Nativity Anglican Church in Blenheim in the 2000’s, by the parish priest.  Mrs Thompson will give evidence of trying to obtain redress through the Anglican Church, Police, civil proceedings, Human Rights Commission and the Human Rights Review Tribunal.

11:45am

Neil Harding

Mr Harding discusses the abuse suffered while attending Dilworth School in the 1970’s by staff at the School.  Mr Harding will also discuss failed redress approaches to the Police in the 1990’s and interactions with the Dilworth Trust Board as well as future recommendations to the School and Anglican Church.

3.00pm

Jim Goodwin

Mr Goodwin will discuss the environment at Christ’s College, including abuse from senior students and the difficulty seeking redress after being educated within a “don’t tell” culture, as well as the subsequent impact of these experiences and an independent redress process.  

Media enquiries: 027 298 2094; media@abuseincare.org.nz

About the Abuse in Care Inquiry

The Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry is investigating the abuse and neglect that happened to children, young people and vulnerable adults in care from 1950 and 1999. It will also consider experiences of abuse or neglect before outside these dates. After completing its investigations, it will make recommendations to the Governor General on how New Zealand can better care for children, young people and vulnerable adults.

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