The Catholic Church in New Zealand has appointed an experienced independent investigator to look at whether the former Bishop of Dunedin, Bishop John Kavanagh, took proper action when he received complaints of sexual abuse.

The Metropolitan Archbishop of New Zealand, Cardinal John Dew, has instructed the Church’s independent complaints body – the National Office for Professional Standards (NOPS) – to investigate Bishop Kavanagh’s handling of abuse complaints while Bishop of Dunedin from 1957 to 1985.

NOPS has appointed Christchurch senior investigator Micky Earl of the firm Corporate Risks to conduct the investigation.

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