Victoria at the Club: What is this Royal Commission into Historical Abuse all about & why does it matter?

Victoria at the Club with Dr Elizabeth Stanley

In January 2018, the largest Royal Commission in NZ’s history started work. Focused on charting the nature, extent & impacts of abuse in state care & in faith-based institutions, it will inevitably open the door for the most gruelling stories of violence & harms against children, young people & vulnerable adults. Drawing on her significant research in the area, Dr Stanley considers how this Royal Commission emerged? Why it matters? What it does? And what it might contribute to NZ society?

Dr Stanley is a Professor in Criminology & Rutherford Discovery Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington. She has extensive experience in researching commissions established to deal with mass human rights violations. Her book The Road to Hell: State Violence against Children in Post-War New Zealand contributed to the development of the Royal Commission.


Venue: Wellesley Room, Fourth Floor
Time: 5.30pm for 6pm start
Cost: $12 for members / $15 for non-members for presentation and arrival drink, $50 for presentation, arrival drink and dinner
Dress: Business Casual


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