The Contextual hearing was the first public hearing of the Inquiry. Between 29 October to 8 November 2019, the Inquiry heard from 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.

Survivors, family members and supporters, academics, representatives of interested organisations and members of the public watched the hearing from the public gallery, and it was live-streamed across New Zealand.

The evidence of the witnesses that appeared at the Contextual hearing can be found through the links below.  


This document will set the parameters for what the Inquiry will focus on at the hearing.


Witness transcripts, briefs of evidence and video footage from their testimony at the hearing can be accessed through the links below.


Evidential transcripts from the live hearing and detailed witness statements.

  Video recordings

Footage from the live streamed coverage of the Procedural and Contextual hearings held at Rydges Auckland in 2019.

Trigger warning: Much of the content presented at the hearing discusses details of abuse. If this is difficult for you and you would like to talk to a support person, here is a list of some of the helplines or services that offer support, information and help(external link).

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