Our Purpose

To strengthen Aotearoa New Zealand’s preparedness for, and response to, potential future pandemics.

The Royal Commission is focused on identifying lessons that can be learned from the COVID-19 experience to strengthen our overall pandemic preparedness. It’s important we learn from the past, so we are better prepared for the future.

About our name

Former Commissioner Hekia Parata explains the meaning of our Te Reo Māori name, Te Tira Ārai Urutā