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.
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.
Commissioners will be looking at:
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.
Public hearings provide an opportunity to publicly examine how and why abuse occurred in State and faith-based care.
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.
The hearing has been split into two phases. Witnesses for the Crown will give evidence during this phase.
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.
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.