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The Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry(external link) was announced in February 2018. It is inquiring into historical abuse of children, young persons and vulnerable adults in state care and in the care of faith-based institutions between 1950-99, though it may listen to survivor experiences before or after that period.

Six principles guide the Government’s relationship with the Royal Commission and with survivors of abuse in care: manaakitanga, openness, transparency, learning, being joined up, and meeting our obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

A small secretariat oversees the Government’s response to the Royal Commission.

Our motto is: Listening, learning, changing/ Mā Whakarongo me Ako ka huri te tai. This captures the spirit the Government brings to its work with the Royal Commission.

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