Māori experiences of abuse in care Ngā wheako o te iwi Māori e pā ana ki te tūkinotanga nā te ringa taurima
Kia whakatōmuri te haere whakamua.
I walk backwards into the future with my eyes fixed on the past.
Nau mai, tauti mai ki te whārangi ipurangi o te whakatewhatewha Māori.
Welcome to the Māori investigation webpage.
The Māori investigation examines issues that are relevant to Māori experiences of abuse in State and faith-based care. It has been established to share the voices of Māori survivors and their whānau, hapū and iwi, and the range of backgrounds and experiences of Māori survivors.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles, and tikanga Māori are essential in informing the work of the Māori investigation.
The Māori investigation is undertaking two key strands of work: looking back and looking forward. We are investigating:
- the circumstances that led to Māori tamariki, rangatahi and vulnerable adults being taken into or placed into care
- the appropriateness of where Māori survivors were placed, including whether they were placed with whānau, hapū and iwi, non-kin or residential care
- the nature and extent of abuse of Māori survivors in care
- The State’s obligations under te Tiriti o Waitangi
- the structural, systemic and practical factors that caused or contributed to Māori survivors being abused in care
- impacts of the abuse on Māori survivors and their whānau, hapū, iwi, and communities, including immediate, long term, and intergenerational impacts
- Māori experiences of abuse in care between 1950 to 1999, which is the main period of our investigation
- Māori experiences of abuse in care before 1950 and from
- the current systems for preventing and responding to abuse against Māori, to investigate whether these are fit-for-purpose and recommend changes that need to be made to ensure that what occurred cannot happen again
- the current frameworks and any new legislation, policy, rules, standards and practices that need to be developed to prevent and respond to the abuse of Māori in care
- whether changes to legislation, policies, rules, standards, and practices – including oversight mechanisms – are required to protect Māori children, young people, and vulnerable adults in the future.
The Māori investigation is guided by an investigation scope document that sets out the issues and topics that will be examined during the investigation.
The Māori investigation is working alongside the Royal Commission’s other inquiries into abuse in State and faith-based care settings. You can read more about these on the Our inquiries page.
Public hearing: Māori Nohoanga tūmatanui: Māori
7-18 March 2022
The Māori investigation is conducting kaupapa investigations that focus on issues from our Terms of Reference that are relevant to Māori experiences of abuse in care. The first kaupapa investigation will involve the Māori public hearing in March 2022.
Providing information to the investigation
Māori victims and survivors, and their whānau, hapū and iwi may have important information that helps the Royal Commission investigate what happened.
With your help, we can uncover important information about what happened to Māori in State and faith-based care that can inform our findings. Sharing your experience means the Royal Commission can make recommendations to prevent Māori children, young persons and vulnerable adults, and all people in Aotearoa New Zealand, from being abused in care the future.
Sharing experiences of abuse is difficult, but it is important for these accounts to be told and brought into the light. If you need support at any time, please visit the Getting help and support page.
If you think you may know something that helps our investigation then please call us confidentially on 0800 222 727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org