The Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry(external link) was announced in February 2018. It was set up to investigate what happened to children, young people and vulnerable adults in State and faith-based care in Aotearoa New Zealand between the years 1950-99.

The Royal Commission has heard the personal stories of many hundreds of survivors, at 13 public hearings and at private sessions. It has also heard from Crown and faith witnesses, and from experts. It held its final public hearing in October 2022. Its final report will be presented in mid-2023, as required under its terms of reference.

The Crown Response Unit 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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