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.

Abuse in State children’s residential care

3 May to 11 May 2021 

The first public hearing of this investigation will take place from 3 to 11 May 2021. The focus of this hearing will be on several residences. 

 Abuse in State psychiatric care

14 June to 25 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.

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