2 February 2023
Mr John Luke [FYI request #21540 email]
Tēnā koe Mr Luke
Thank you for your email to Oranga Tamariki, requesting the following information under the
Official Information Act 1982 (the Act):
• “An independent candidate review panel will consider the nominations in 2023 and make
recommendations to the Minister for the Public Service.” Can you please provide name
and bio for this independent candidate review panel. Are they getting paid, if so, how
• Also, I noted "More than 100 nominations were received.” Can you please specify exactly
how many nominations you have received? Are they any nominations are not from the
public directly, e,g. nomination received from Ministry of Women or TPK etc
Independent Candidate Review Panel
The independent candidate review panel has been appointed by the Minister for the Public
The members of this panel are:
• Tu Chapman (Chair)
• Gary Williams
• Rahui Papa
• Amanda Hill
Bios for each of the members are attached and have been published on the Crown Response
Unit website - Home | Crown response to the Abuse in Care Inquiry
Fees for the panel were determined using the Cabinet Fees Framework. The Chair is to be paid
$750 per day, and the members $600 per day. Nominations
The Crown Response Unit received a total of 108 nominations. There were no nominations
received from government agencies.
The CRU intends to make the information in this letter available to the wider public shortly by
publishing it on our website. Your personal details will be deleted, and we will not publish any
information that would identify you as the person who requested the information.
If you are not satisfied with this response, you have the right to ask an Ombudsman to review
this decision. Information about this is available at www.ombudsman.parliament.nz
contacting them on 0800 802 602.
Nāku noa, nā
Rebecca Martin, Associate Director
Crown Response Unit, Crown Response to the Abuse in Care Inquiry
Crown Response to the Abuse in Care Inquiry
Independent Candidate Review Panel Member Bios – Redress Design and
Tu Chapman – Chair
Tu Chapman is a member of the Royal Commission’s Survivor
Kahungunu, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti
Advisory Group of Experts.
Tūwharetoa and Taranaki)
She is a survivor of abuse in state care. She was made a ward of
the state at a very young age and experienced many forms of
abuse from sexual to physical.
With this lived experience she is an advocate for change and a
thought-leader on issues relating to mātauranga Māori and
tikanga Māori practices.
She is passionate about enacting and informing better processes
that allow hāpori Māori to grow and thrive.
She is an active member of the Takatāpui Community as a
representative voice of Ira Tangata – Māori who are Intersex. Tu
is also the co-chair of ITANZ (Intersex Aotearoa).
Tu is a public servant who currently works at Te Puni Kōkiri.
Gary Wil iams MNZM
Gary Williams MNZM is a member of the Royal Commission’s
Survivor Advisory Group of Experts.
Gary was placed in care as a 13-year-old and left care in his 40s.
He has been influential in driving change for disabled people and
Māori for over four decades.
He works as a specialist consultant to the disability, government
and NGO sectors and is a proud trustee of Ngā Hau e Whā
National Marae in Ōtautahi, Life Unlimited Trust and the
Earthquake Disability Leadership Group Trust.
Gary's particular interests are issues for disabled people and
especially disabled Māori, leadership development and training,
the rights of disabled people and effective organisational
governance and management. Prior to moving to Christchurch,
he’d been the CEO of Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA). He has
extensive sector networks, both nationally and internationally,
and networks within government agencies.
He has an extensive array of practical experiences such as being
NZ’s non-official in the Government’s negotiating team for the
United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities (UNCRPD), co-ordinating research projects and
leading innovations such as NZ Disability Strategy and Enabling
Rahui Papa is an orator, spokesperson, and recognised authority
on Waikato reo and tikanga. He plays an integral role in the Iwi
Leaders’ Forum, providing advice to Ministers and Crown
officials on matters of national significance.
Rahui has a background in broadcasting and education and has
served on the Waikato-Tainui Governance Group since its
inception. He is the negotiator for Waikato-Tainui’s outstanding
Treaty claims, having previously chaired the Waikato Tainui
Executive, Te Arataura, and served as a director and member of
various holdings companies, ministerial committees, and
national and local boards. Rahui was one of eight members on
the Māori Health Authority Steering Group, led by Tā Mason
Durie, to select the makeup of the authority.
Rahui was put forward by the National Iwi Chairs Forum.
Amanda is based in the Wellington region and has been a lawyer
since 2005. Amanda has spent most of her career helping
people who have had their rights breached in some way or have
been hurt by the actions of other people or organisations.
During her time as partner at Cooper Legal, Amanda was focused
on enabling survivors of abuse to tell their stories to those in
power and find a pathway for each survivor to redress. Amanda
regularly appeared as counsel in the Royal Commission of
Inquiry into Abuse in Care, as well as provided fact and expert
witness to the Royal Commission.
Amanda has worked on historic abuse claims against the
Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Education and
various Churches, as well as entities contracted by the
government to care for children. Since starting her own practice
in September 2022, Amanda has focused on the rights and
wellbeing of prisoners and other vulnerable members of the
Amanda has broad experience across the law, ranging from
privacy and medico-legal issues, negligence claims to Bill of
Rights actions for prisoners, and has appeared in a range of
courts and tribunals.