Inquiries (Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care) Order 2018

2018/3

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Inquiries (Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care) Order 2018

Patsy Reddy, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 30th day of January 2018

Present:
Her Excellency the Governor-General in Council

This order is made under the authority of the Letters Patent constituting the office of the Governor-General (the Royal prerogative) and section 6(2) of the Inquiries Act 2013 on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council.

Order

1 Title

This order is the Inquiries (Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care) Order 2018.

2 Commencement

This order comes into force on 1 February 2018.

3 Interpretation

In this order, unless the context otherwise requires,—

Act means the Inquiries Act 2013

inquiry means the public inquiry established by this order

Minister means the Minister of Internal Affairs or any other minister to whom the responsibilities of Minister under this order are transferred.

Part 1 Establishment of public inquiry

Establishment

4 Royal commission

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care is established.

Subject of inquiry

5 Matter of public importance

The matter of public importance that is the subject of the inquiry is abuse of individuals in State care.

Member

6 Appointment of member

The Right Honourable Sir Anand Satyanand, GNZM, QSO, is appointed the member of the inquiry.

Commencement of consideration of evidence

7 Consideration of evidence by inquiry

The inquiry may begin considering evidence on or after 1 May 2018 but, in accordance with section 7(2) of the Act, not before the terms of reference are notified in accordance with section 7(3) of the Act.

Part 2 Terms of reference

8 Consultations on terms of reference

(1)

The member of the inquiry must consult the public on the terms of reference for the inquiry and report on those consultations to the Minister.

(2)

The Minister must make draft terms of reference publicly available to be used for those consultations.

(3)

The Minister may, in accordance with section 7(6) of the Act, consult the member of the inquiry concerning the terms of reference for the inquiry.

9 Notification of terms of reference

The Minister must, as soon as practicable after the consultations referred to in clause 8 are completed, notify the terms of reference for the inquiry in the Gazette.

Michael Webster,
Clerk of the Executive Council.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.

This order, which comes into force on 1 February 2018, establishes the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care as a public inquiry. It appoints the member of the inquiry and provides for its terms of reference to be notified in the Gazette after consultations on them have been completed.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 31 January 2018.

This order is administered by the Department of Internal Affairs.