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Royal Commission on Abuse in Care

Bishop Steven Benford —

You will be aware that the Royal Commission has begun its work and is currently involved in contextual hearings.

The Commission's Website says: 

"The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care is looking into what happened to children, young people and vulnerable adults in care between 1950 and 1999.” 

The focus of the Commission is on 'Abuse in Care' with reference to:

  1. State-run institutions
  2. Faith-based institutions

The extent of (2) includes our care of children, young people and vulnerable adults in our churches, schools, orphanages, elder care homes, and other ministries governed and managed by Anglican based Social Services (including residential care homes for the elderly) and Anglican Family Care.

The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, including the Diocese of Dunedin, is committed to engaging with the Commission and its work, and will do everything it can to assist the Commission fulfilling its purposes.  The Diocese of Dunedin is encouraging submissions to be made to the Commission by survivors of abuse in its care. Contact details for communicating with the Commission are:


10 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday (NZT) 0800 222 727 [Calling from Australia? 1800 875 745]




Royal Commission of Inquiry
PO Box 10071
The Terrace
Wellington 6143

If this raises issues that affect you directly, I am happy to meet with you. Please contact me through the Diocesan office: bishops.pa@calledsouth.org.nz 

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See Royal Commission on Abuse in Care: www.abuseincare.org.nz