Royal Commission of Inquiry
The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care is looking 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.
Christ’s College fully supports the purpose of the Inquiry and is participating in the work of the Royal Commission.
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 are supporting survivors through a process of engagement that we hope will provide appropriate redress.
To review our Historical Abuse Complaints Policy, please click here.
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 r.@christscollege.com 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 m........@xtra.co.nz 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 j.........@outlook.co.nz or on 021 167 9488.
For further information on the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care, click here.