Independent inquiry into child abuse consultations

Jason Brown made this Official Information request to Jacinda Ardern

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From: Jason Brown

Dear Prime Minister,

I am writing to seek information on the following questions surrounding the issue of child abuse in New Zealand, and prospects for an independent inquiry into this area.

As background, I note that the MSD annual report 2016-17 identifies 100,000+ cases of child abuse reported to authorities in a single 12 month period - of which 15% continued to suffer neglect and abuse even after being reported, see:

1. Given MSD estimates of domestic violence and child abuse costing NZ $5.8 billion, will the inquiry be a full Royal Commission of Inquiry - if not why not?
2. Given the continued high incidence of youth abuse and suicide why is government continuing to focus its comments only on "historic" cases?
3. Who is government consulting with on setting the terms of reference for the independent inquiry?
4. Will there be any public consultation before the terms of reference are set - if not why not?
5. What official advice have you and your cabinet received on the issue of child abuse?
6. What advice can be shared with the public?

Yours faithfully,
Jason Brown

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From: Rt. Hon Jacinda Ardern

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From: Rt. Hon Jacinda Ardern

I am writing on behalf of the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, to acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act request.

Your request will be responded to under the provisions of the Official Information Act 1982.

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Dinah Okeby
Office of the Prime Minister

Authorised by Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern MP, Parliament Buildings Wellington 6012

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From: Jo Pettitt

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Dear Mr Brown


On behalf of Mike Munro, I attach a letter in respect of your OIA request
received on 17^th January 2018.


Yours sincerely



Jo Pettitt

Executive Assistant │Office of Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff

DDI  : + 64 4 817 9732 │Mobile : + 64 21 229 9436

9-038 Executive Wing, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6011



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