Public submissions to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons Learned will now open in early 2024.
As you may know, the new Government has signalled that as part of its coalition agreements, it would like to review and consult on an expanded terms of reference for the Inquiry.
The Inquiry welcomes the opportunity to work with the new Government on what an expanded and clarified remit for the Inquiry might look like.
Given the scope and terms of reference of the Inquiry may change, we have made the decision to delay public submissions until early 2024. We believe this delay will avoid any confusion for those who want to share their COVID-19 experiences with us.
We will provide updated information regarding any changes to our terms of reference as part of our regular communications. This includes stories on the News section of our website and in our monthly newsletter, the COVID-19 Inquiry Pānui.
We are very aware of the critical importance to our work of the people of Aotearoa New Zealand having the opportunity to share their experiences with the Royal Commission of Inquiry, Te Tira Ārai Urutā, and we are committed to seeking input from the New Zealand public.
In the meantime, the wider work of the Inquiry continues. This includes undertaking direct engagements with key individuals, communities and organisations.
It also includes progressing the analysis of all the information we have received to date and blending it with the large body of knowledge and insights from countries around the world, to generate lessons for Aotearoa New Zealand ahead of any future pandemic.