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On Demand

Investigations Involving Historical Complaints in New Zealand

Ms. Anne Marie Toohey |  Ruth Thomas |  Mr Graeme L Colgan
52 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Sep 10, 2021
Access till 12/10/2021 after purchase.


The New Zealand Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care has the largest scope of any similar international inquiry. The Inquiry is considering a range of faith based and state institution settings and a range of themes over a 50 year time period, including the experience of the disabled, Pacific Islanders and Māori in care. Estimates are that 250,000 children may have been abused in care in this time period. Now mid-way through the life of the Inquiry, there have been many lessons learned as to how to scope and conduct an historical investigation in an inclusive, trauma informed manner and the resources that are likely to be required.



Ms. Anne Marie Toohey's Profile

Ms. Anne Marie Toohey


Canterbury Chambers

Anne Toohey is an experienced trial lawyer with a broad practice that includes independent investigations and employment law. She is sought after for her advocacy skills and has experience in judicial reviews, High Court litigation and employment cases.

Ruth Thomas's Profile

Ruth Thomas

Ruth is an experienced litigator, with more than 16 years’ experience in criminal prosecution work (both as a Crown Prosecutor and as a Senior Police Prosecutor).

Mr Graeme L Colgan's Profile

Mr Graeme L Colgan

Graeme Colgan

Graeme Colgan Barrister

Graeme formally worked as a lawyer and judge in employment law for over 40 years, Graeme has extensive experience in workplace investigations and now works as a Barrister.