Containment Policy

In July of 2015, a journalist from the Dominion Post, Stacey Kirk, released Official Information Act (OIA) material surrounding the historic claims and the then newly announced Fast Track scheme for resolving claims of historic abuse against the State.

These documents showed that the New Zealand National Government identified the potential for a public inquiry into institutional child abuse as a risk with the potential for them to lose control of a process they had worked hard to tightly contain.

Among the risks the documents specified were: “loss of confidence and trust in the process of resolving claims of abuse; the potential of a renewed call for a public enquiry into historic claims; claimants looking to the courts for resolution… or an alternative process being called for either by the courts or through public opinion and pressure”.

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