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News about the Royal Commission

24 September 2019

Child sex offender in meetings with abuse survivors

The Royal Commission into state abuse has allowed a convicted child sex offender into meetings with survivors of sexual abuse. Read more here.

14 August 2019

Inquiry welcomes confidentiality waiver

The Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry has welcomed a move by Crown agencies to lift confidentiality obligations on survivors of abuse in State care arising from settlement agreements with the Crown. Read more here.

6 August 2019

Sir Anand Satyanand to step down as state abuse inquiry chair

Sir Anand Satyanand will step down as chair of the country's largest ever state inquiry. Sir Anand, 75, made the announcement on Tuesday, the same day he was elected as the new chancellor of Waikato University. Click here to read more.

21 June 2019

​Gang member's role in state abuse commission 'untenable' for survivors - campaigner

A high-profile gang member with a domestic violence conviction is playing a key role within the Royal Commission of Inquiry into state abuse, despite one woman going to police over safety fears.

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11 June 2019

State care abuse commission refutes claims of 'mock' sessions

The Royal Commission into the abuse of children in state care refutes claims it has been holding 'mock' sessions with survivors ahead of the real sessions. Click here to listen to the interview.


22 May 2019

​$26 million in payouts for victims of historical abuse nowhere near enough, lawyer says

The government has spent more than $26 million compensating victims of historical abuse in state care, but that money is nowhere near enough to provide any long-term benefit, a human rights lawyer says. Click here to read the article.

21 May 2019

Survivor Advisory Group appointed

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in Care has announced the appointment of a Survivor Advisory Group. Read more here.

11 May 209

Brutal lesson: story of abuse by Dunedin nun

A dying Dunedin man tells Chris Morris his story of a savage beating he received as a 10-year-old ‘‘cheeky little Catholic boy’’  at the hands of a nun. Click here to read the article.

8 May 2019

RNZ: Government sets out how it will respond to historical state abuse inquiry

The government has agreed on principles to guide how government agencies and the Crown responds to the Royal Commission into historical abuse in state care and in the care of faith-based institutions. Click here to read the article.

The 18-page Cabinet Paper has also been released. It is available here.

8 April 2019

Michael Hall: Questions on conflict of interest in abuse inquiry 'shut down'

The government's historical abuse inquiry has been accused of shutting down questions on potential conflicts of interest and condemned as unsafe for survivors, with one senior official being described as "entirely unfit for purpose". Click here to read the article

30 March 2019

RNZ: Royal Commission criticised for slow action on abuse documents

An abuse survivor has criticised the slow action to stop the destruction of documents relevant to the Royal Commission's inquiry into the abuse of children. Click here to read the article.