The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care looked at what happened to children, young people and vulnerable adults in State and faith-based care in Aotearoa New Zealand between the years 1950–99.

The commission's final report is due to be released at the end of July.

Christ’s College fully supported the purpose of the Inquiry and participated in it. A number of Christ's College Old Boys gave evidence to the Commission, and we acknowledge their courage in doing so.

We know that amongst our Old Boy community there are survivors of abuse that did occur at Christ’s College. We are acknowledging this now and apologising to those survivors for what happened to them.

We have supported survivors through a process of engagement and redress that we hope will provide some closure for them. We will continue to support survivors who wish to contact us.

Talking to College about your experience

If you would like to talk about your own experiences at Christ’s College please contact Board Chair Hugh Lindo. Hugh can be reached on 027 711 7171, email at email hidden; JavaScript is required or you can write to him c/- Christ’s College, Private Bag 4900, Christchurch 8140 and marking the envelope ‘Confidential for the attention of Hugh Lindo.’

If you would prefer not to contact Hugh or have direct contact with College about your experiences, you can contact our independent facilitator, Mark Wells. You can reach Mark directly via email at email hidden; JavaScript is required or write to our address (as above) and marking the envelope ‘Confidential for the attention of Mark Wells.’

A support group for Old Boys

A support group for Old Boys who are survivors of abuse has been established by Jim Goodwin, also an Old Boy, who is experienced in running groups that help survivors of abuse. Jim has worked in mental health for many years. We are very grateful to Jim for creating a forum that can support survivors in this way.

The support group will operate independently from Christ’s College under Jim’s guidance. Its purpose is to provide a safe environment where Old Boy survivors can discuss their experiences. If you are interested in finding out more about this group, please contact Jim directly to see if this support group is suitable for you. Jim can be contacted at email hidden; JavaScript is required or on 021 167 9488.