As part of Budget 2021 [the Treasury guide Putting It Together(external link) provides an overview of New Zealand’s State sector finance system and how the Budget process works], $14.836 million of funding was provided to ensure the Crown continues to respond to the Abuse in Care Inquiry in a timely, joined up way.  The Crown must provide a large volume of material, make witnesses available and respond to the Inquiry’s requests and findings as it proceeds.

The following table shows how the funding is spread across a number of appropriations [an appropriation is a parliamentary authorisation for the Crown or an Office of Parliament to incur expenses or capital expenditure] and Votes [a Vote is a grouping of one or more appropriations that are the responsibility of a Minister of the Crown and are administered by a department. Votes generally take the name of the portfolio of the Vote Minister].  The funding covers:

  • a Secretariat providing overall coordination and administration for the cross-agency Crown Response;
  • specialist research, modelling, and policy support, to help agencies respond to Abuse in Care Inquiry requests for analysis and Inquiry recommendations;
  • specialist records management support, including secure records retrieval, digitisation, and processing for both the Abuse in Care Inquiry and care leavers affected by the Inquiry;
  • legal support for representation and procedural matters;
  • wellbeing, safety, and cultural support for current and former staff; and
  • records management services to NGOs and Crown entities.
Vote and appropriation Funding ($, million)

Vote Courts

Appropriation: Courts, Tribunals and Other Authorities Services, including the Collection and Enforcement of Fines and Civil Debts Services Multi-Category Appropriation

(Crown Response to the Abuse in Care Inquiry component of the larger appropriation – please see page 7 of the Vote Courts Estimates of Appropriations 2021/22(external link))
0.599

Vote Education

Appropriation: Oversight of the Education System Multi-Category Appropriation

(Crown Response to the Abuse in Care Inquiry component of the larger appropriation – please see page 10 of the Vote Education Estimates of Appropriations 2021/22(external link))
1.000

Vote Health

Appropriation: Health Sector Information Systems

Appropriation: Managing the Purchase of Services

(Crown Response to the Abuse in Care Inquiry components of the larger appropriations – please see page 19 of the Vote Health Estimates of Appropriations 2021/22(external link))
0.750 

Vote Internal Affairs

Appropriation: National Archival and Library Services Multi-Category Appropriation

(Crown Response to the Abuse in Care Inquiry components of the larger appropriation – please see page 115 of the Vote Internal Affairs Estimates of Appropriations 2021/22(external link))
3.458 

Vote Justice

Appropriation: Justice Policy Advice

(Crown Response to the Abuse in Care Inquiry component of the larger appropriation – please see page 78 of the Vote Justice Estimates of Appropriations 2021/22(external link))
0.390 

Vote Māori Development

Appropriation: Te whakatinanatanga o ngā wawata ā-pāpori, ā-ōhanga, ā-whakawhanaketanga ahurea o te iwi Māori | Realising the social, economic and cultural development aspirations of Māori

(Crown Response to the Abuse in Care Inquiry component of the larger appropriation – please see page 8 of the Vote Māori Development Estimates of Appropriations 2021/22(external link))
0.150 

Vote Oranga Tamariki

Appropriation: Crown Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-Based Institutions

(Includes funding for: i) the Secretariat; ii) cross-agency legal, records management, research, and people support; and, iii) Oranga Tamariki’s own response to the Abuse in Care Inquiry – please see page 125 of the Vote Oranga Tamariki Estimates of Appropriations 2021/22(external link))
8.489 
 Total 14.836 

The funding is for one year only. The Crown Response applies for funding on a year-by-year basis to ensure it has the right resources to respond to the specific needs of the Abuse in Care Inquiry.

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