Public feedback invited on Terms of Reference for Royal Commission of Inquiry into abuse

Thu 05 Apr 2018

Submissions are invited on the draft Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care. The deadline ...

Submissions are invited on the draft Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care. The deadline to submit feedback is 30 April 2018.

In February this year, the Government officially launched the Royal Commission and the draft terms of reference for the inquiry.

Former Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand, Chair of the Royal Commission, has already been speaking with groups and individuals about the draft Terms of Reference. Now, the Royal Commission is inviting feedback from the wider Aotearoa New Zealand public.

In an interview with Radio NZ, Sir Anand Satyanand said it was the first time a Royal Commission had asked for the public's feedback on terms of reference, saying "Now we've reached the point where a broader scope of connection with the public can occur..."

Sir Anand Satyanand also spoke with Waatea News acknowledging the significant number of Māori and Pasifika who have been affected.

The draft Terms of Reference currently propose that the inquiry cover the time period from 1950 to 1999 and include physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect. The focus is on abuse that occurred in state care and currently does not include abuse in religious or other non-government organisations unless people were placed in those institutions by the state.

For more information about the inquiry and to make a submission on the draft Terms of Reference, see the Royal Commission website:

After the consultation, Sir Satyanand will present a report and his recommendations to the Minister of Internal Affairs. Once Cabinet has agreed to the final terms and the terms have been gazetted, the Royal Commission will begin.

Update: Sir Anand Satyanand has submitted his report to the Government about his consultation and recommendations on the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission on Historical Abuse in Care. Minister for Internal Affairs and Children, Tracey Martin, said the report would not be released until after a Cabinet decision.

Selected media

Victims' advocate loses faith in an 'incapable' Church body, Radio NZ, 26.10.2018

Royal Commission into state care abuse 'completely stalled' - lawyer, Radio NZ, 23.10.2018

PM formally apologizes to Australian child sex abuse victims, NZ Herald, 22.10.2018

Alexandra’s priest speaks out, Otago Daily Times, 15.10.2018

'State care can have disastrous implications' - Chief district court judge, Radio NZ, 15.10.2018

Church attacked for silence, Otago Daily Times, 13.10.2018

Royal Commission update, Press Release: New Zealand Government, Scoop, 04.10.2018

NZ Catholic Church withholds findings on sex abuse claims, Radio NZ, 02.10.2018

Children's Commissioner recommends change to State care system, Māori Television, 01.10.2018

State of Care report from the Children's Commissioner, Press Release: Office of the Children's Commissioner, Scoop, 01.10.2018

Children's commissioner wants more Maori perspective, Radio NZ, 01.10.2018

Priest carried out 'litany of offending against young boys' - report, Radio NZ, 17.09.2018

What victims want most: justice, Otago Daily Times, 08.09.2018

Cabinet yet to hear abuse inquiry proposal, Newsroom, 07.09.2018

Suicide to avoid exposure, Otago Daily Times, 07.09.2018

State abuse inquiry: 'They've lost hope because it's taken so long', Radio NZ, 06.09.2018

Calls for faith-based organisations to be included in historical child abuse inquiry, One News, 26.08.2018

Bishop’s open letter tells of pain, distress, Otago Daily Times, 24.08.2018

Bishop's apology over clergy sex abuse prompts more complaints, Radio NZ, 24.08.2018

Bishop apologises to Dunedin: 'It's indefensible', Otago Daily Times, 22.08.2018

Evangelicals confront sex abuse problems in #MeToo era, NZ Herald, 18.08.2018

Catholic Church in NZ 'failed in a very serious way' over paedophile priest: call for royal commission, NZ Herald, 02.08.2018

The Church response, Otago Daily Times, 01.08.2018

Renewed calls for church to be part of Royal Commission, Otago Daily Times, 01.08.2018

Sins of a Father, Otago Daily Times, 01.08.2018

Justice hasn't been served: victim, Otago Daily Times, 01.08.2018

Family 'heartbroken' after state care abuse victim Daryl Brougham dies, Stuff, 29.07.2018

NZ-born man who was sexually abused in Australia asking for UN help, Radio NZ, 27.07.2018

The fallen father: Church sex abuse in NZ 'still not exposed' - expert, NZ Herald, 25.07.2018

The fallen father: Safe Network calls for end to secrecy over institutional sex abuse, NZ Herald, 25.07.2018

The fallen father: Paedophile Catholic priest Michael Shirres 'abused children for decades', NZ Herald, 25.07.2018

My plea to Jehovah’s Witnesses: it is time for zero tolerance on child abuse, Opinion: Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft, The Spinoff, 25.07.2018

Silent lambs: Child sexual abuse and the Jehovah’s Witnesses, The Spinoff, 23.07.2018

Family of victim of scoutmaster abuse calls for public inquiry, Stuff, 22.07.2018

MSD appeals ruling not to hand over court claims about historic abuse, Stuff, 13.07.2018

‘A full apology from the highest level of government’, Newsroom, 05.07.2018

Survivor group alleges Govt breached human rights with state abuse Royal Commission, Stuff, 04.07.2018

An ironic case of foxes and henhouses, Newsroom, 03.07.2018

Concern forced adoption inquiry in 'too hard' basket, NZ Herald, 29.06.2018

State care abuse inquiry urged to widen scope, Newsroom, 26.06.2018

Opinion: These brave survivors are the New Zealanders of the Year a million times over, Newshub, 25.06.2018

Social Development ministry gave historic abuse complaint statements to police, Stuff, 14.06.2018

Australia PM will make national apology to sex abuse victims, NZ Herald, 14.06.2018

Abuse survivors launch global bishop accountability effort, NZ Herald, 08.06.2018

Suspected sex offender re-employed by MSD to work with vulnerable children, Newshub, 19.05.2018

Government inquiry into historic abuse in state care won't help all victims, law firm says, Stuff, 15.05.2018

Forced adoption nightmare: 'Please, don't take her', Otago Daily Times, 11.05.2018

Church abuse victims resigned to being left out of inquiry, Radio NZ, 08.05.2018

State abuse inquiry fails to protect all survivors - Shine, Press Release: Shine Lawyers, Scoop, 27.04.2018

Interview: Sir Anand Satyanand, Newshub, 24.04.2018

Deadline looms for abuse inquiry terms, Waatea News, 24.04.2018

Final call for submissions for abuse in state care inquiry, Māori Television, 24.04.2018

Churches could launch own investigation into historical abuse, Newshub, 24.04.2018

Calls for abuse inquiry to include faith-based, Otago Daily Times, 24.04.2018

State care inquiry should include recent cases - survivor, Newshub, 22.04.2018

The Nation: Satyanand on historical state abuse inquiry, Press Release: The Nation, Scoop, 21.04.2018

Atonement and action in abuse inquiry, Waatea News, 16.04.2018

Abuse and neglect amid 163 complaints upheld against early childhood education services, Stuff, 13.04.2018

Campaigner marches to Parliament to protest children being taken from families, NZ Herald, 13.04.2018

Shocking complaints emerge in new childcare report, Newshub, 12.04.2018

Ministry upholds 163 complaints against ECE services, Radio NZ, 12.04.2018

Maori face needed on abuse inquiry, Waatea News, 05.04.2018

Sir Anand Satyanand: Inquiry into abuse in state care, Newstalk ZB, 04.04.2018

Public submissions sought for State care abuse inquiry, Māori Television, 03.04.2018 (in Te Reo Māori)

The Royal Commission into state care abuse: how to make a public submission, The Spinoff, 03.04.2018

Royal Commission of Inquiry seeks your views on historical state-care abuse terms of reference, NZ Herald, 30.03.2018

New Zealand’s problem with Māori boys, The Spinoff, 27.03.2018

Anglicans ask for abuse inquiry scope to be broadened, Press Release: Anglican Church in Aotearoa, Scoop, 26.03.2018

Churches push for inclusion in Royal Commission into abuse, Radio NZ, 26.03.2018

Catholic Church wants to be included in state abuse inquiry, NZ Herald, 26.03.2018

Churches seek inclusion in Royal Commission on state care abuse, NZ Herald, 26.03.2018

Sorry means you don’t do it again, The Spinoff, 19.03.2018

Abuse survivors speak out, accuse govt of backtracking, Radio NZ, 27.02.2018

PM faces claims over exclusion of churches from abuse inquiry, Radio NZ, 27.02.2018

PM says Crown Law handling of abuse claims will be reviewed, Newshub, 27.02.2018

New Zealand's state abuse shame: Survivor's struggle for justice, Newshub, 26.02.2018

Excluding Church from inquiry would be an 'abject failure', Radio NZ, 22.02.2018

A perpetrator can’t be a saviour: the state abuse historic claims system must go, Opinion, The Spinoff, 22.02.2018

Australian abuse survivors criticise NZ inquiry, Radio NZ, 22.02.2018

Marama Fox: We need to lift the scab on child abuse and investigate failure of the state, Newshub, 20.02.2018

Related media

Former foster carer jailed for 12 years for sexually abusing children, Stuff, 18.04.2018

Record number of children in state care - more than 6000, Radio NZ, 03.04.2018

The number of Kiwi kids in state care hits an all-time high at over 6,000, One News, 03.04.2018

Oranga Tamariki turns 1, Māori Television, 03.04.2018

One year since Oranga Tamariki formed critics say they’re yet to notice significant changes, One News, 03.04.2018

'The response is very poor' - Advocacy group says Oranga Tamariki still has far to go a year on from re-formation, One News, 03.04.2018

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