Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 seeking public submissions

The COVID-19 pandemic affected all of us, and New Zealanders – both here and living overseas – were asked to undertake extraordinary actions throughout its duration.

Published: Tuesday, 13 February 2024 | Rātū, 13 Huitanguru, 2024

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons Learned I Te Tira Ārai Urutā, is looking at what can be learned from the pandemic to ensure that Aotearoa New Zealand is as prepared as possible for future pandemics.

The Royal Commission wants to hear about your experiences or observations of the COVID-19 response, whatever they might be. By hearing from you, from families, organisations and the wider community, the Commission can help to ensure we’re as prepared as possible for the next pandemic response.

The Royal Commission is also leading consultation on behalf of the New Zealand Government on their terms of reference, which lay out which topics the Commission can investigate. If you have feedback on the terms of reference. 

You can share your COVID-19 experience and give your feedback on the terms of reference via the link below. Submissions will be open until 24 March 2024.

Public consultation – NZ Royal Commission COVID-19 Lessons Learned | Te Tira Ārai Urutā 

If you have any questions about the Inquiry or the consultation, please email