Public hearings provide an opportunity to publicly examine how and why abuse occurred in State and faith-based care.
It will not be possible for the thousands of survivors who will contact the Royal Commission over the next few years to feature as witnesses at public hearings. Only some survivors and witnesses of abuse will be invited to give formal evidence as witnesses at a public hearing.
However, all information we receive about abuse in care given to us by survivors is important. The experiences of all survivors who participate in the Inquiry (through witness statements, written accounts, sharing important information with Commissioners and others), are, and will continue to be analysed and the themes and issues that are relevant, will be included in our findings and any recommendations to Government.
As we move closer to each hearing there will be further information provided to victims and survivors and their advocates, witnesses and other interested parties. If you have any questions about the hearings, please get in touch with us through our Contact Centre 0800 222 727 (Open 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday).
Our public hearings take place at our Auckland Office 414 Khyber Pass (entrance from Kingdon Street) unless otherwise stated.
14 June to 29 June 2021
This hearing will focus 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.
19 July to 30 July 2021
The Inquiry’s Pacific hearing will examine 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.