Abuse in Care
Royal Commission of Inquiry
What is the Royal Commission of Inquiry?
The Commission of Inquiry is looking into 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 vision of the inquiry is about "transforming the way we, as a nation, care for children, young people, and vulnerable adults in our communities."
Submissions to the Royal Inquiry have now closed
Some former Centrepoint children have submitted their stories to the Royal Inquiry. Centrepoint was a faith-based community, and the Commission would like to shed light on what happened to children who lived there. The Inquiry is about telling the truth, asking for accountability and seeking redress. It is about understanding the system problems which allowed ongoing abuse of children to occur, to correct these for vulnerable children now. Most children abused at Centrepoint have not been heard.
The Inquiry has been underway since 2018. Because of the scale of the concern, the inquiry has been granted an extension for the final report, will be presented to government in the first half of 2024. There may be implications for any person abused while in care - and Centrepoint falls within the remit of the Inquiry - and for any organisation who was responsible.
For more information about the inquiry click on the buttons below, or listen to some of the personal accounts from survivor advocates who have told their stories through the inquiry already.