aboutinquiry

We are looking into what happened to children, young people and vulnerable adults in State and faith-based care in Aoteoroa New Zealand between the years 1950-99. We may also listen to survivor experiences before and after these dates.

Why have an Inquiry?

Many people and organisations - survivors, community leaders, iwi and Māori, the Human Rights Commission and the United Nations - have, for many years, called for an inquiry into abuse in care in New Zealand.

What guides us?

We are guided by our Terms of Reference.

These were finalised after hearing from over more than 400 groups and individuals about what the Inquiry should focus on.

What we're looking into

The Inquiry is investigating:

  • Why people were taken into care
  • What abuse happened and why
  • The effects of the abuse

We are specifically focusing on Māori, Pasefika and disabled people because of the disproportionate amount of people from these communities in care.

What are we doing?

Commissioners are listening to survivors share their experiences in private sessions.

We are holding public hearings throughout the Inquiry to investigate different themes

We are conducting research and engaging with communities.

We will make recommendations to the Government in 2023 on how New Zealand can better care for children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Watch our first hearing to learn more

Helpful information

Who we are

Learn more about our Chair, the four commissioners, our Counsel Assisting and our Executive Director.

Our journey

See what has been happening since the Inquiry was announced in 2018 and what is planned for the next phase of the Inquiry.

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