Anglican leaders to be questioned in abuse in care public hearing

Bishop Ross Bay will appear for the Anglican Diocese of Auckland next week during the final public hearing by the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care.

The focus of this hearing is the responses of faith institutions to abuse and neglect of children, young people and vulnerable adults in their care.

Dilworth School and the Anglican Church in Aoteaora New Zealand will appear on the afternoon of Wednesday 19 October and the morning of Thursday 20 October. Bishop Ross will be included as a witness for Dilworth, with Archbishops Don Tamihere and Philip Richardson giving evidence on more general Anglican Church matters.

This hearing, which covers a large number of faith-based organisations, takes place on Thursday 13 October and from 17-21 October and will be livestreamed on the Royal Commission’s website.

Faith-based organisations will respond to questions around how care systems were monitored; the handling of complaints; the nature and extent of physical, psychological, sexual abuse and neglect; and to what extent their care met the needs of Māori, Pacific and disabled people and people with mental health conditions

Their evidence will inform the final report due to the Governor-General in June 2023.

Read the Royal Commission’s media release here.