Royal Commission into abuse appoints fifth Commissioner

NZ Royal Commission Steenson

Title: Royal Commission into abuse appoints fifth Commissioner

Author: Katie Scotcher

Publisher: RNZ

Date: 17JUN2020

The Royal Commission investigating abuse in care has appointed its fifth Commissioner, following the shock resignation of its chair last year.

Lawyer Julia Steenson, who is of Ngāti Whātua and Waikato/Tainui descent, will take up the position this week.

She fills the role vacated by Judge Coral Shaw, who replaced Sir Anand Satyanand as chair when he left the high-level inquiry last year.

Steenson is a member of the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust Board and is chair of health charity, Kia Puawai Limited.

She has previously worked as General Counsel for Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, where she presented on Intellectual Property at the World Indigenous People Conference in Toronto.

Steenson has also worked across the finance and education sectors.

“I am excited to be joining this significant Kaupapa and look forward to contributing to constructive outcomes,” Steenson said.

The abuse the inquiry is investigating can never happen again, Steenson said.

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