Kaupapa inquiries

Kaupapa (thematic) inquiries are not specific to any district. They deal with nationally significant issues affecting Māori as a whole.

A memorandum concerning the kaupapa inquiry programme was issued in April 2015 by the Waitangi Tribunal’s chairperson, Chief Judge Wilson Isaac. A second memorandum updating and refining the the kaupapa process was issued in March 2019. The kaupapa inquiries topics and order in which they are scheduled for inquiry are:

  • Military veterans
  • Health services and outcomes
  • Takutai moana
  • Mana wāhine
  • Housing policy and services
  • Constitution, self-government, and the electoral system
  • Education services and outcomes
  • Social services and social development
  • Economic development
  • Identity and culture
  • Natural resources and environmental management
  • Justice system
  • Citizenship rights and equality

Read the 2015 memorandum about the kaupapa inquiry programme [PDF, 476 KB]

Read the 2019 memorandum about the kaupapa inquiry programme [PDF, 887 KB]

2021 kaupapa inquiry programme – appendix [PDF, 115 KB]

The following kaupapa inquiries have commenced:

 A number of kaupapa claims have already been heard:

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