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Open Letter to the People of Auckland is an introductory overview of the role of the Royal Commission, written by Commissioners.

About the Commissioners profiles each of the Commissioners.

Outline of Issues contains the main text of the “Call for Submissions” document that outlines the issues and ambit of the Commission’s work. You can download as a PDF version here: Call for Submissions (PDF)*. This document is available in hard copy from councils and libraries in the Auckland region. 

If you want to make a submission, go to Making a Submission.  Here you will find forms which can be filled out online, and sent electronically to the Commission; or the forms can be printed and written, and then posted to the Royal Commission.

People who make submissions can also attend the Commission’s hearings. Details will be posted under Hearings.

Once the submissions close, they will be posted on the website here under Submissions Received.

The Terms of Reference, and relevant excerpts from the Local Government Act 2002, both provide a useful legal context for understanding the work of the Commission.

Questions and Answers provides a range of background information about aspects of the Commission’s work.

Media Releases lists the press releases from the Commission.

Useful Links connects you with websites of the various Auckland Councils.

Contact details for the Commission can be found under Contact Us.




The Royal Commission website has been specifically designed for people with disabilities. It has features that are aimed at people with visual impairment and those who prefer to use the keyboard than a mouse.

Navigating the site without a mouse

This site uses the standard HTML features for site wide navigation using the keyboard.  Listed below are the short-cut keys specific to this site. Other short-cut keys are standard, but vary from browser to browser. These keys will take you to any part of the site.  Once within the site you can use the TAB key to go from link to link.

Navigation Access keys

(Windows: use alt+[number]+Enter to use with IE5x. For Netscape 6x just use Alt+[number]. Macintosh: same as above but use 'ctrl' instead of 'alt'.)

Navigation Access keys are used within the site as follows:
Access key 1 = Home

Access key 2 = About this site

Access key 3 = Search

Access key 4 = About the Commissioners

Access key 5 = Open Letter to the People of Auckland

Access key 6 = Outline of Issues

Access key 7 = Current Governance

Access key 8 = Terms of Reference

Access key 9 = Contact Us

Access key ] = Questions and Answers

Access key \ = Making a Submission

Access key [ = Skip Link (to beginning of main content)

Access key / = (all-of-government portal)

Features for visually impaired users

The site has been structured to be screen reader compatible. You can also override most of the design features of the site, to change the font, font size, font colour, or background colours to suit your visual preferences.

Our aim is to be compatible with the HTML 4.01 standard and to limit browser-specific features as far as possible.



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The Privacy Officer
Department of Internal Affairs
PO Box 805




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