WelCom December 2021
Throughout 2021, the Royal Commission continued its investigation into State- and faith-based care in New Zealand between 1950–1999. Following evidence given at the Redress Hearing from survivors in late 2020 and witness statements from Cardinal John Dew and others earlier this year, a final report summarising the Royal Commission’s findings is expected to be released soon. This will likely include recommendations on future redress for abuse that occurred in both State- and faith-based institutions.
Te Rōpū Tautoko, which coordinates the response of the Catholic Church to the Royal Commission is issuing a community resource to the dioceses for distribution this month. This will provide an overview of the progress of the Royal Commission and aims to assist communities to connect with and discuss the work taking place. It will include information on the public hearing into Abuse in the care of the Hospitaller Order of St John of God Brothers (Marylands School) due to take place in February 2022. The hearing into Māori is scheduled for March 2022. Hearings relating to disability, foster care and schools will be held at a later date.