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The new chair of the Royal Commission into Historic Abuse in State and Religious Care says it’s important to get the stories out into the open.

Judge Coral Shaw says she put off her retirement to pick up the reins from Sir Anand Satyanand because of the importance of the work.

She says before she started the work she didn’t realise the extent and depth of the problem, and It’s important all New Zealanders know what happened and what can be done to prevent it in future.

She’s impressed by the courage of the survivors who bare their souls.

“We’re looking at damaged and ruined lives of individuals but we know it doesn’t stop with that individual and we are hearing terrible stories of three, four, five generations of whānau who have been taken into care and whose lives have been disrupted and destroyed and this is a shocking indictment on our country that we have allowed this to happen to our babies and we simply have to stop it,” Judge Shaw says.

The royal commission will consider not only whether financial compensation should be paid but what other compensation or support should be offered to survivors.

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