December 17, 2019
Crown open to iwi input to state care abuse fix
The Crown has adopted a new strategy for resolving historical claims arising from abuse in state care, including giving claimants the right to involve whānau, hapu, iwi and community in the resolution process.
State Services Minister Chris Hipkins and Attorney-General David Parker says the new approach better reflects its principled response to the Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry.
The inquiry has come under fire for the amount of time it has taken to get going and questions about some of the people advising it.
The new strategy also includes being more transparent about what claimants can expect from the Crown, and allowing new or additional information to be considered even after settlement of a claim.
When claimants choose to go to court, the Crown will concede any factual matters it doesn’t dispute.
The six principles guiding the Crown’s response will be spelled out in the strategy – manaakitanga, openness, transparency, learning, being joined up and meeting obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
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