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Royal Commission Inquiry into Abuse in State Care


I am attending the Royal Commission Inquiry into Abuse in State Care hearing at Newmarket. I am listening to the Institutional Responses ~ Responses from the representatives of our State agencies.

I will be sharing my thoughts on LinkedIn and also information from the media

I believe that this is an important space as it shows the importance of using a trauma-informed approach to heal the harm and to move forward WITH the survivors.

Our State agencies need to share their power with us by allowing us to be on the decision-making table

Unfortunately, they continue to hold the knowledge of what they plan to do and decisions as to how they move forward tightly to themselves

Currently they have made connections with Maori however they have not connected with the survivors who they harmed

I see a silo approach

I see the "we know best"

I see a paternalistic response from our State Agencies

They know what they are doing

Without us

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KIa ora Anne,

Hearings are open to the public

The State Institutional Response public hearing will take place from 15-26 August 2022 at Level 2, 414 Khyber Pass Road, Newmarket, Tāmaki Makaurau. It will be open to the public and live streamed on the Royal Commission’s website.

The responses of State agencies to the abuse and neglect of children, young people and vulnerable adults will be examined by the Royal Commission of Inquiry in an upcoming public hearing that will run from 15 to 26 August.

During the 10-day State Institutional Response hearing, witnesses from Crown agencies will be questioned on failures by the State to prevent and respond to abuse in State and faith-based care.

Witnesses will include chief executives and other senior people across the following agencies:

  • Oranga Tamariki
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • Ministry of Health
  • Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People.
  • Ministry of Education
  • Education Review Office
  • Teaching Council
  • Police
  • Corrections
  • Te Puni Kōkiri
  • Ministry for Pacific Peoples
  • Children’s Commissioner
  • Ombudsman
  • Tekawa Mataaho – Public Service Commission

Agencies will be responding to questions around how care systems were monitored; the handling of complaints; the nature and extent of physical, psychological, sexual abuse and neglect; and to what extent their care systems had met the needs of Māori, Pacific and Disabled people and people with mental health conditions.

They will also respond to questions around the implementation of recommendations from previous inquiries and reports, and whether they had met their obligations under te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The Royal Commission will hold a separate Institutional Response hearing for faith-based institutions later this year, with further details to come.

The State Institutional Response public hearing will take place from 15-26 August 2022 at Level 2, 414 Khyber Pass Road, Newmarket, Tāmaki Makaurau. It will be open to the public and live streamed on the Royal Commission’s website.

We continue to encourage all survivors of abuse in care to come forward to the Royal Commission of Inquiry. Our contact centre can be reached on 0800 222 727 during weekday working hours

Day 1

Monday 15 August


Opening Statements


Ministry of Social Development – Te ManatΕ« Whakahiato Ora

  • Debbie Power
  • Barry Fisk
  • Arran Jones

Day 2

Tuesday 16 August

New Zealand Police – Ngā Pirihimana o Aotearoa

  • Andrew Coster
  • Tania Kura

Day 3

Wednesday 17 August

Ministry of Health – ManatΕ« Hauora

  • Dr Diana Sarfati
  • Dr John Crawshaw
  • Dr Arran Culver
  • John Whaanga

Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People

  • Geraldine Woods
  • Amanda Bleckmann
  • Hannah Kerr

Day 4

Thursday 18 August

9am start


Ministry of Education – Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

  • Iona Holsted
  • David Wales
  • Rachel Vink
  • Yvette Guttenbeil Po’uhila

Day 5

Friday 19 August

9am start


Education Review Office – Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga

  • Nicholas Pole
  • Lynda Pura-Watson
  • Jane Lee


Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand

  • Robyn Baker
  • Lesley Hoskin

Days 6, 7, 8

Monday 22 August - Wednesday 24 August

9am start

Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children

  • Chappie Te Kani
  • Peter Whitcombe
  • Nicolette Dickson
  • Frana Chase
  • Aiolupotea Sina Aiolupotea-Aiono
  • Claudia Boyles
  • Paula Attrill

Day 9

Thursday 25 August

9am start


Department of Corrections – Ara Poutama Aotearoa

  • Jeremy Lightfoot
  • Juanita Ryan
  • Neil Beales
  • Jessica Borg
  • Rebecca Barson


Office of the Children’s Commissioner – Manaakatia a Tātou Tamariki

  • Judge Eivers
  • Glenis Phillip-Barbara
  • Fiona Cassidy

Day 10

Friday 26 August

9am start


Ombudsman New Zealand – Te Tari o te Kaitiaki Mana Tangata

  • Peter Boshier

Ministry for Pacific Peoples

  • Laulu Mac Leauanae

  • Aiono Matthew Aileone

Te Puni Kokiri – Ministry of Māori Development

  • Dave Samuels

  • Grace Smith


Tekawa Mataaho – Public Service Commission

  • Peter Hughes

Closing statements

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