Dunedin’s Kavanagh College will be renamed after an investigation found its namesake failed to take appropriate action over claims of abuse.
The school will become Trinity Catholic College from January 1, 2023, the Bishop of Dunedin saying the church had previously let survivors down badly.
The change has been welcomed, but the time it took, and some of the investigation’s findings, have come under fire.
An investigation began in 2020 after several abuse victims complained former Catholic bishop of Dunedin John Kavanagh failed to act on claims of sexual abuse by priests.
The church’s national office for professional standards engaged an independent investigator to look into abuse complaints while Bishop Kavanagh was in office from 1957 until his death in 1985.