Royal Commission of Inquiry

Published: February 26, 2020

Information about the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, and the role Oranga Tamariki will play.

Background and our role

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions investigates what happened to children, young people and vulnerable adults in care between 1950 and 1999. This can include hearing from people who were in care at any point after 1999 or are currently in care.

The government has agreed on a set of six principles to guide how government agencies and the Crown respond to the Royal Commission. These are manaakitanga, openness, transparency, learning, being joined up, and meeting our obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We are committed to upholding the mana of all those involved in the Inquiry. It involves many Crown agencies which support children, young people and vulnerable adults in care.

The establishment of the Royal Commission is an important step to learn from the past, but this work is far from over.

Our role includes responding to requests for information, attending public hearings and working with other government agencies to support the Royal Commission.

Historic claims

We are responsible for managing concerns about the safety of children and young people currently in care.

The Ministry of Social Development’s (MSD) Historic Claims team is responsible for managing claims from people who have experienced abuse or neglect in care before 1 April 2017.

We work closely with MSD to resolve claims that span before and after 1 April 2017.

Find out more about the Historic Claims process on the MSD website

More information

Information on the Crown’s response to the Royal Commission and how agencies are working together is available on the Crown Response website.

General queries

For more information contact:

  • Email: enquiries@ot.govt.nz
    Call: our general enquiry line: 0508 326 459
    Call: 24/7 Caregiver Guidance and Support line: 0508 227 377

Media queries

Media enquiries should be directed to the Oranga Tamariki Media team and include the Oranga Tamariki Inquiry Team.

media@ot.govt.nz

state_care_inquiry_team@ot.govt.nz

Sharing information with the Royal Commission of Inquiry

In order to support the Royal Commission in conducting its inquiry, Oranga Tamariki will comply with requests to supply information made by the Royal Commission. Information shared may include personal information about care experienced individuals, their whānau, caregivers, staff, or others involved in State Care.

Both Oranga Tamariki and the Royal Commission are committed to protecting people’s privacy. Any information shared will only be used to enable the Royal Commission to meet the requirements in their Terms of Reference. A legal order has been issued preventing public access to any of these documents without the Royal Commission’s permission, including any personal information that may be contained. More details can be found on the Royal Commission’s website.

If you have any questions about Oranga Tamariki involvement in the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions you can email Statecareinquiry@ot.govt.nz or call our general enquiry line: 0508 326 459.