Public hearings will be held throughout the Inquiry.  Through public hearings Commissioners will hear evidence and information about abuse in State care and faith-based institutions.

Each public hearing is part of a wider investigation examining a theme or particular institution.

The evidence heard at public hearings will help the Inquiry make independent, unbiased findings to inform our recommendations to the Government.

What to expect

Attending a hearing

There will be many public hearings during the Inquiry, each running for between one to three weeks.

All public hearings will be held in venues open and accessible to the public.

Our public hearings take place at our Auckland Office 414 Khyber Pass (entrance from Kingdon Street) unless otherwise stated.

You can attend as a member of the public or watch a live stream on our website.

At a hearing

Commissioners will be looking at:

  • Why people were taken into care
  • What abuse and neglect occurred
  • Why it happened and the effect it had
  • What was learned and what changes were made
  • How the systems are working now
  • How things can be done better

For witnesses

Detail about the hearing process will be provided by a member of our legal counsel.

For details about expenses for witnesses at public hearings, see our Witness Expenses Policy.

For media

If you are a journalist and would like to attend and/or report on a Royal Commission public hearing, you must adhere to the Media Guidelines which include applying to attend/report within five business days. 

Media enquiries: 027 298 2094,

Current and upcoming hearings

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Public hearings provide an opportunity to publicly examine how and why abuse occurred in State and faith-based care. 

View upcoming hearings

Recent hearings

 Faith-based Redress - Phase One

This hearing focused on the redress processes of the Catholic Church, Anglican Church and the Salvation Army. The Royal Commission will investigate the adequacy of redress and what needs to be done to support people who have been abused or neglected in Faith-based institutions.


 State Redress - Evidence from survivors

In the first phase the Inquiry will hear evidence from survivors of abuse in care about civil claims made against the State. It will also hear from survivors about civil litigation in the courts and before the Human Rights Tribunal. Read more

 State Redress - Witnesses for the Crown

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

 Contextual hearing

At the Contextual hearing the Inquiry heard from 29 witnesses on topics that provide context to the wide ranging scope of the Inquiry and that the Inquiry will explore in more detail over the next few years.

 Preliminary hearing

Our first hearing where Commissioners and Consel talked about why the Royal Commission was established, how we will do our work, private sessions, future public hearings and research.

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