The Royal Commission will conduct a number of investigations into the historical abuse of children, young people and vulnerable adults in State and Faith-based care.

Investigations will examine abuse that occurred in a broad range of care settings, and into themes and topics set out in the Terms of Reference. 

These Investigations covering various topics and institutions may also have: roundtable hearings, receive written survivor accounts and witness statements, run hui and fono, and conduct research and receive submissions. Most of the Inquiry’s investigations will also be supported by public hearings which will be live streamed on our website, so that the Commissioners and New Zealand can hear the voices of victims and survivors of abuse. The hearings are a way for Commissioners and New Zealanders to hear publicly what happened to children, young people and vulnerable adults in State and faith-based care. All public hearings are streamed live on our website. 

Current investigations

A list of current investigations. These will form the basis of future hearings.

Public hearings

Understand how public hearings work within the Inquiry and what you can expect if you attend in person or watch a live stream.

Procedural documents

Links to minutes and practice notes as well as information on core participants.

Legal assistance

Find out how to apply for legal assistance if you have been identified as a witness for a public hearing.

Live stream

Watch live streamed video of public hearings in real time.

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