The Royal Commission worked with members of the Deaf community to create New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) videos about the Inquiry, the work we are doing, and how to engage and share your experience of abuse with us.

Deaf survivors are encouraged to contact the Royal Commission via video interpreting on 0800 222 727 or email

To access the Tāwharautia: Pūrongo o te Wā - Interim Report Summary in NZSL click here.

Mervin the Executive Director answers your questions about the Inquiry

  • Why it was set up?
  • Who or what is a survivor?
  • Will survivors get paid for sharing their story with the Royal Commission?
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How to Deaf people share their experience with the Royal Commission?

Helena talks about how people can share their story with the Royal Commission in private. Helena also answers questions about what type of wellbeing support is available.

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What is a public hearing? How do investigations work?

Nicolette and Ruth Counsel Assist members, the Lawyers assisting the Inquiry, answer your questions about how public hearings work and what we are investigating.

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What is the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care?

  • What is in scope?
  • What types of abuse are within scope?
  • Where could the abuse have occured?

Why should Deaf survivors share their story?

  • What is a private session?
  • What is a Public hearing?

Hear from survivors

  • How can Deaf survivors be involved?
  • What will the Royal Commission do with the information?

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