Fourteen state agencies including Oranga Tamariki, Police to face abuse in care inquiry

The New Zealand institutions where abuse happened are set to face the Royal Commission of Inquiry.

It's a chance to acknowledge the many failures to support vulnerable children and find ways to stop it from happening again.

Since 2019, more than 2000 survivors have given evidence of the abuse they endured while in the care of the state.

"These accounts have been deeply moving and deeply disturbing," said Coral Shaw, chairperson of the Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry.

In this latest hearing, the Royal Commission will hear from state entities, among them Oranga Tamariki, Police, and the Ministry of Social Development.

"It's time now for Aotearoa New Zealand to hear from the organisations who were responsible for their care," Shaw said.

Fourteen state agencies will appear at the hearing in the coming days. They'll be facing questions many have been asking, including how abuse in care was allowed to occur and carry on for so long.

Tu Chapman is part of the survivors' advisory group and said it's time to finally hold responsible the institutions where the abuse occurred. 

"I would like to think that this fight has and will not be in vain," she said.

"Acknowledgement of the abuse that happened, but also what the solutions will be and how are they going to fix those problems."

One proposed Government solution is the Oranga Tamariki oversight bill, where a government body would act as a watchdog. 

But abuse survivor Keith Wiffin is sceptical.

"The Oranga Tamariki oversight bill runs counter to everything we're trying to achieve."

He said government oversight won't help, instead, it's independent monitoring that's needed to stop abuse. 

"Should there be a continued belief that they should be further refined or changed, we have the opportunity to do that," said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

But for those who already feel the Government isn't listening, it's another step backwards.

"If change doesn't occur, every single taxpayer cent that's been invested into this inquiry will be wasted," Wiffin said.

After 117 days of hearings, abuse survivors hope it won't be in vain.