The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in Care is aware of allegations raised against a staff member.  These are serious allegations and they are being treated as such.

We understand this matter has been referred to New Zealand Police.

The Royal Commission has also commenced an independent investigation into the allegations. If the investigation indicates any grounds to take employment action, the Royal Commission will act immediately and appropriately.

The independent investigation is being run by Maria Dew QC.  Maria has a strong reputation as an independent investigator in complex and sensitive employment investigations, both in the public and private sector.

The Commission is unable to comment on the nature of the allegations due to privacy considerations and the need to preserve the independence of the investigation.

Issues that are likely to impede the important work of the Royal Commission will be addressed as a matter of urgency.