Posts Tagged ‘Royal Commission New Zealand Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’

Member of Te Rōpū Tautoko offers her resignation

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Mrs Rangi Davis has resigned her membership of Te Rōpū Tautoko, the Catholic Church group created to liaise with the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions. Mrs Davis was newly appointed following the resignation of Bishop Charles Drennan last month. The chair of Te Read more

Catholic Church starts survey ‘to be prepared’ for abuse inquiry

Monday, November 18th, 2019

The Catholic Church is beginning its first-ever survey in New Zealand to get to grips with just how many priests abused how many children. The Catholic liaison group Te Rōpū Tautoko chair Catherine Fyfe said the church “wanted to be prepared to respond quickly to requests when and if the Royal Commission requested information from Read more

Ribbons tied to Cathedral fence after of Royal Commission hearing

Monday, November 11th, 2019
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Last week ribbons were tied to the fence of the St Patrick’s Cathedral in downtown Auckland by attendees and witnesses from the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the care of Faith-based Institutions. Survivors and supporters walked there from the Rydges Hotel, where the Royal Commission was holding the Read more

How Royal Commission operates

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

The outgoing chair of the royal commission investigating abuse in state and faith-based care, Sir Anand Satyanand, says the witnesses appearing over the two weeks of public hearings represent the main issues the royal commission was investigating. “At the end of the two-week period, the public will have a picture of what the Royal Commission Read more

Royal Commission: Dead abuse perpetrators not liable

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Last week, the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and faith-based institutions announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding with New Zealand Police, allowing incidents of abuse to be referred to police for investigation. However, responding to Otago Daily Times questions, an inquiry spokeswoman confirmed the ability to refer alleged abuses to Read more

Abuse in Care Inquiry Public hearing witness list released

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

The Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry has released witness list  for the Contextual Public hearing later this month. The Contextual hearing, beginning on 29 October at the Rydges Hotel in Auckland, will be the first time the Inquiry will hear from survivors in a public hearing.  Read more Related Posts:Royal Commission seeks information Read more

Churches’ commitment to waiving confidentiality agreements questioned

Monday, September 30th, 2019
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Advocates on behalf of people abused in church institutions say the churches are complicating the process of waiving confidentiality agreements RNZ asked the president of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference,  Bishop Patrick Dunn, whether bishops had shown a “lack of moral authority by  not publicly repudiating the clauses and whether they had stepped up Read more

Royal Commission – small first steps in a marathon journey

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
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The Royal Commission into historical abuse in state care and faith-based institutions on Tuesday met representatives of organisations responsible for the care of abused children. Tuesday’s hearing was “procedural”. It is the first step in a very long and complex process. The inquiry has grown since its inception to become the largest in New Zealand’s Read more

Survivors losing faith after Sir Anand’s abuse inquiry resignation

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Sir Anand Satyanand’s sudden resignation from the The Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry is being seen as a sign of the commission’s dysfunctionality, say survivors. The say they’re losing faith that the Inquiry will uncover the extent of what happened to children in state and church care. Some of them hope Sir Anand Read more

Survivor backs push to lift veil on church child abuse secret deals

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

A church abuse survivor has supported calls for religious groups to waive victims’ secrecy obligations at Royal Commission hearings. Author Mike Ledingham​ welcomed Wednesday’s announcement that Crown agencies would lift confidentiality obligations on State care abuse survivors. Simon Mount QC, counsel assisting the Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry, said he expected churches to Read more