Former Governor General Dame Silvia Cartwright will lead the inquiry into historical sexual abuse at Dilworth School in Auckland.

The former High Court and District Court judge was recently admitted to the Order of New Zealand. She will be accompanied by human rights lawyer Frances Joychild QC.

A statement from Dilworth School says the pair will be supported by a “well resourced and independent secretariat”.

The school says the terms of reference for the investigation have now been confirmed, following consultation with survivors, former students and legal representatives.

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Clients of human rights lawyer Frances Joychild QC include survivors from Lake Alice and the Islamic Council of Women.

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Clients of human rights lawyer Frances Joychild QC include survivors from Lake Alice and the Islamic Council of Women.

Dilworth says the investigation will begin July 1 and issue a report with recommendations by the end of the year.

“This report will be made public in a manner that protects the privacy of Old Boy survivors as well as any redactions as recommended by the chairman of the inquiry.”

Cartwright conducted surveys on women’s health, as well as the EQC after the Christchurch earthquake.

She has also served on United Nations committees, including the Extraordinary Chambers of the Cambodian Courts presiding over trials for war crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge regime.

Her counterpart, Joychild, is a renowned human rights lawyer and represented Lake Alice survivors at the Royal Commission inquiry into abuse in care.

Other notable moments in his career include leading a massive investigation into sexual harassment in the Defense Force in 2017.

She also represented the Islamic Women’s Council on the Royal Commission into the 2020 Christchurch Mosque attacks.

Dilworth survivor Neil Harding said the survivor group will seek permission from survivors and hope to help the investigation by providing evidence they have uncovered.

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Dilworth survivor Neil Harding said the survivor group will seek permission from survivors and hope to help the investigation by providing evidence they have uncovered.

The group which represents more than 130 survivors of sexual abuse in Dilworth who are bringing a class action before the Human Rights Tribunal has welcomed the nominations.

In a statement, survivor Neil Harding said he hoped the inquest would fully investigate former staff and board members and how they handled complaints at the time.

“To date, Dilworth has not been open and transparent about the records they hold, what they already know about the abuse and what action has been taken.

“Since we announced the class action lawsuit against Dilworth, our team has uncovered a significant amount of evidence that details the complaints made by the boys and their families and the schools’ conscious failure to address the breach.”

He said that with the consent of the survivors, the class action group intended to provide the inquest with the evidence they had collected.

Dilworth School says the investigation will begin July 1 and report back with recommendations by the end of the year.  (File photo)

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Dilworth School says the investigation will begin July 1 and report back with recommendations by the end of the year. (File photo)

Meanwhile, the Dilworth School board has yet to confirm panel members for its recourse scheme.

In a statement, the school said it hopes to make the announcement later this month.

The school said the repair program would likely last at least three years.

Harding said the current terms of the remedial scheme project were “grossly insufficient” and that the compensation figures should reflect the extent of the school’s actions and inactions.

“This means that Dilworth cannot itself determine the amount of compensation each survivor is eligible for or require survivors to waive their rights to sue if they accept a reparations payment before findings are made. of the investigation are published.”

Leonard Cave, a former music teacher at Dilworth School, has been found guilty of sexually abusing boys in his care.

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Leonard Cave, a former music teacher at Dilworth School, has been found guilty of sexually abusing boys in his care.

Operation Beverly

Testifying at the recent trial of former music and choirmaster Leonard Cave, Detective Sergeant Geoff Baber said police were contacted by Dilworth School in 2019. He said school authorities said they had received historical sexual abuse complaints dating back to the 1970s.

The investigation grew and, at its peak, 32 investigators and support staff worked on the case. They carried out production orders on the school and went through Dilworth’s personnel files and board minutes.

Dubbed Operation Beverly, it resulted in allegations against teachers, staff and volunteers associated with the boarding school and its scout group.

The police said Things that a total of 103 sexual and drug abuse charges, related to offenses between the 1970s and the 2000s, have been brought in total.

Three of the defendants – Keith William Dixon, Rex Clarence McIntosh and Richard Charles Galloway – died before being tried. They denied the allegations against them.

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Former Dilworth chaplain and scout leader Ross Browne is facing four historic charges of sexually abusing boys.

Former assistant manager Ian Robert Wilson was jailed for three years and seven months after admitting to committing an offence. Former Ross School chaplain Douglas Browne was sentenced to six and a half years in prison after also pleading guilty.

Leonard Cave was found guilty of sexually abusing four Dilworth boys and a fifth boy from St Paul’s Collegiate in Hamilton. He is due to be sentenced in August.

A deputy householder, Alister Grant Harlow, admitted his offense and is due to be sentenced in July.

A former householder and teacher, who still has the name removed, also pleaded guilty. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Anyone with information can contact the Operation Beverly team on (09) 302 6624 or by emailing [email protected]