Public hearings will be held throughout the Inquiry. Through public hearings Commissioners will hear evidence and information about abuse in State care and faith-based institutions.
Each public hearing is part of a wider investigation examining a theme or particular institution.
The evidence heard at public hearings will help the Inquiry make independent, unbiased findings to inform our recommendations to the Government.
The Royal Commission will abide by government mandated COVID-19 requirements and ensure the safety of staff and attendees through specific protocols.
This will have an impact on how the hearing is conducted at any COVID level, including the management of people attending, and social distancing provisions inside the hearing space.
COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 3 No hearing
COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 2 Hearing can go ahead with the following restrictions:
COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 1
Witness statements will be published after each witness has finished appearing.
Individual witness videos will edited to remove breaks and intervals. These will be published by the following business day after the witness has finished giving their evidence. There may be further delays if witness evidence runs over more than one day or if the footage is delayed due to legal reasons and we will let you know if this is the case.
Transcripts (written) are published and available usually within one week of each witness appearing once it has been fully reviewed by Royal Commission staff.
Unedited Live stream copies of the hearings are available by clicking on the arrow in the top right hand corner of the live stream window that appears during the period of the hearing on the hearings page. Please note these include breaks and intervals.
There will be many public hearings during the Inquiry, each running for between one to three weeks.
All public hearings will be held in venues open and accessible to the public.
Our public hearings take place at our Auckland Office 414 Khyber Pass (entrance from Kingdon Street) unless otherwise stated.
You can attend as a member of the public or watch a live stream on our website.
Commissioners will be looking at:
Detail about the hearing process will be provided by a member of our legal counsel.
For details about expenses for witnesses at public hearings, see our Witness Expenses Policy.
Public hearings provide an opportunity to publicly examine how and why abuse occurred in State and faith-based care.
The Inquiry’s Pacific hearing was held at the Fale o Samoa in Māngere and examined issues that are particularly relevant to the experiences of abuse of Pacific people across all State and faith-based care settings included in the Terms of Reference.
This hearing focused on evidence about abuse of children and young people in the care of the Child and Adolescent Unit at Lake Alice psychiatric hospital in the 1970s
This investigation will examine and report on abuse and neglect of children and young people in State residential care.
This hearing will focus on evidence on redress processes from witnesses called on behalf of the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand, Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia and the Salvation Army New Zealand.
This hearing focused on the redress processes of the Catholic Church, Anglican Church and the Salvation Army. The Royal Commission will investigate the adequacy of redress and what needs to be done to support people who have been abused or neglected in Faith-based institutions.
The hearing has been split into two phases. Witnesses for the Crown will give evidence during this phase.
At the Contextual hearing the Inquiry heard from 29 witnesses on topics that provide context to the wide ranging scope of the Inquiry and that the Inquiry will explore in more detail over the next few years.
Our first hearing where Commissioners and Consel talked about why the Royal Commission was established, how we will do our work, private sessions, future public hearings and research.