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In New Zealand, a royal commission is a formal government inquiry into a specific issue.

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions was formally established on 1 February 2018. The commission was established to "consider the experiences of children, young persons, and vulnerable adults who were in care between I January 1950 and 31 December 1999 inclusive".

The Department of Internal Affairs is responsible for administering the inquiry.

The Abuse in Care Royal Commission requests thousands of historical records from Archives New Zealand. This video shows how we find, processes and securely provide this information. Watch the video on Youtube.