Royal Commission of Inquiry
Published: September 10, 2021
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.
We want to make sure you, and the tamariki in your care, know where to go to find out more.
A Royal Commission is a public inquiry, generally reserved for the most serious issues of public importance. It’s fully independent and the Commissioners decide how to run it.
The Abuse in Care Inquiry was set up in response to the calls made for several years, by individuals and groups in Aotearoa New Zealand and abroad, for an independent inquiry into abuse in care. It follows inquiries into similar issues in other countries, including Australia, Canada and Scotland.
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.
The Commission can make recommendations to help avoid future abuse based on the lessons of the past, and to improve redress systems. To inform those recommendations, this can include hearing from people who were in care at any point after 1999 or are currently in care.
The Commission began its investigations in January 2019 and its final report is due by 30 June 2023.
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 which 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.
Children currently in care
While the Inquiry will focus on the 1950s through to the 1990s, it has the ability to hear from children and young people who were in care after 1999, or who are currently in care.
Oranga Tamariki needs to hear about any safety concerns for children who are currently in care.
Our current processes for raising concerns will remain in place.
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 the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) to resolve claims that span before and after 1 April 2017.
Find out more about the Historic Claims process on the MSD website
Keeping up to date
Information on the Inquiry, including the Terms of Reference and how people can take part in proceedings, can be found on the Royal Commission's website.
The Royal Commission will keep the public informed, and we’ll keep our website updated as the Inquiry progresses.
Visit the Royal Commission website
The Royal Commission released their first interim report in December 2020. You can find the report here.
Public hearings will be held throughout the Inquiry. Through public hearings the Inquiry will hear evidence and information about abuse in State care and faith-based institutions. More information can be found on the Public hearings | Abuse in Care - Royal Commission of Inquiry.
Information about Royal Commission public hearings is available here.
Information on the Crown’s response to the Royal Commission and how agencies are working together is available on the Crown Response website.
For more information contact:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call our general enquiry line: 0508 326 459
- Call via the 24/7 Caregiver Guidance and Support line: 0508 227 377
You can contact the Royal Commission at:
- or freephone 0800 222 727 weekdays - (NZT) 8am-6pm
For general information about the Royal Commission visit their website.
Media enquiries should be directed to the Oranga Tamariki Media team and include the Oranga Tamariki Inquiry Team.