Earlier this year a Royal Commission of Inquiry into historical abuse in state care was announced by the Government.
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Former Governor-General Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand will chair the Royal Commission. He has a long career as a lawyer, judge and ombudsman.
Sir Anand joined Mark Sainsbury on Morning Talk to discuss his role in the Commission, and the process.
Over the next three years, the Commission will listen to stories about the experiences of people in state care and examine ways to stop further abuse.
But before the process can start, the Terms of Reference will need to be set.
Sir Anand has been meeting with stakeholders and has extended an open invitation to all New Zealanders to comment on the draft Terms of Reference.
He told RadioLIVE that allowing the public to help set the Terms of Reference is a first for New Zealand.
“We have a new piece of legislation, the Inquiries Act 2013, which has a whole new set of processes which Royal Commissions and Commissions of Inquiry can undertake.”
“And this is one of them,” he said.
This is the first New Zealand Royal Commission which has the capacity to seek the views of the public on the Terms of Reference.
In a statement, Sir Anand said the Royal Commission has an obligation to make a better future for “all New Zealanders.”
“We need to work together to make sure we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past.”
To make a submission visit the Royal Commission website.
Listen the full interview with Sir Anand Satyanand above.