Kia whakatōmuri te haere whakamua.
I walk backwards into the future with my eyes fixed on the past.
Nau mai, tauti mai ki te whārangi ipurangi o te Whakatewhatewha Māori.
Welcome to the Māori investigation webpage.
The Māori investigation will examine issues that are relevant to Māori experiences of abuse in State and faith-based care. It will give voice to the Māori victims and survivors of abuse in care, their whānau, hapū and iwi, and the range of backgrounds and experiences of Māori survivors.
Te reo me ōna tikanga and Te Tiriti o Waitangi / the Treaty of Waitangi and its principles are essential in informing the work of the Māori Investigation.
The Māori investigation will undertake two key strands of work – looking back and looking forward. With that dual focus, the Māori investigation will investigate issues which include:
The Māori investigation is guided by an investigation scope document based on the Inquiry's Terms of Reference that sets out the issues and topics that will be examined during the investigation. The investigation scope can be read in full here.
The Māori investigation will work alongside the Inquiry’s other investigations into abuse in State and faith-based care settings. Information about the Inquiry’s current investigations can be found here.
It will also conduct kaupapa investigations which will focus on particular kaupapa or issues from our Terms of Reference which are relevant to Māori experiences of abuse in care. Topics for kaupapa investigations in the Māori investigation are being considered and draft scope documents will be published here once available. We intend that the Māori investigation's first kaupapa investigation will include a public hearing in 2021.
Māori victims and survivors, and their whānau, hapū and iwi may have important information that helps the Inquiry investigate what happened.
With your help we can uncover important information about what happened to Māori in State and faith-based care that can inform the Inquiry’s findings. Sharing your experience means the Inquiry can make recommendations that are necessary to prevent and respond to the abuse of Māori in care in the future.
Sharing experiences of abuse will be difficult, but it is important for these stories and accounts to be told and brought into the light. Please click here to access the Inquiry’s wellbeing information and contact page if you need support at any time.
If you think you may know something that helps our investigation then please call us confidentially on 0800 222 727 or register online.