Royal Commission into Abuse in Care releases interim report

Radio New Zealand

December 16, 2020

By Andrew McRae

It will never be possible to determine the precise number of people abused because of large gaps and deficiencies in data collected at the time, the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care says.

No captionState Services Minister Chris Hipkins Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone
Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins, who released the interim report Tāwharautia: Pūrongo o te Wā today, said it was a difficult read, and showed the enormity of abuse and trauma that had occurred.

The report is based on accounts of people abused in state care, provided up to the conclusion of the state redress hearing in early November at private and public hearings. It has no specific recommendations but what the Royal Commission has learned will ultimately inform its recommendations to government in a final report.

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