Health Services and Outcomes Inquiry

The Tribunal’s kaupapa inquiry programme is designed to provide a pathway to hear nationally significant claim issues that affect Māori as a whole or a section of Māori in similar ways.


Wai 2575 - the Health Services and Outcomes Inquiry will hear all claims concerning grievances relating to health services and outcomes and which are of national significance. There are currently around 170 claims seeking to participate in the inquiry and there is currently no cut-off date for the filing of claims. The Tribunal will hear claimants who clearly specify eligible health-related grievances in their statements of claim and notify their intention to participate in the inquiry.

Panel members

The Wai 2575 Tribunal panel consists of:

Inquiry progress

In memorandum-directions issued in December 2017, the Presiding Officer has confirmed that Wai 2575 will proceed on a phased and thematic basis, with health related-issues to be heard in stages according to priority. Stage One, which is to be held in 2018, will be a targeted inquiry into aspects of primary care. The Tribunal has also proposed three potential priorities for Stage Two – namely mental health (including suicide and self-harm), Māori with disabilities, and alcohol and substance abuse. The Tribunal is likely to confirm the priorities for Stage Two following joint submissions to be filed by the parties in March 2018, and a judicial conference set down in June 2018 (date to be confirmed) to discuss and confirm relevant planning matters.

Memorandum regarding next steps in the inquiry (Wai 2575, #2.5.11(external link))

Memorandum-directions confirming next steps in the inquiry (Wai 2575, #2.5.17(external link))

A pre-casebook discussion paper is currently being prepared by senior Tribunal staff and will be submitted for feedback in April 2018. As in other Tribunal proceedings, the purpose of the discussion paper is to assess the evidential base needed to hear the claims that seek to participate in this inquiry, and to identify any gaps where further research may be needed. To reflect the staged approach of this Inquiry, the discussion paper will be released in two parts, and will address (in the first instance) those matters proposed for Stage Two of this inquiry (see above), with a further opportunity for parties to make submissions at the judicial conference scheduled for June 2018.

Memorandum-directions regarding pre-casebook review (Wai 2575, #2.5.20(external link))

Media statements

Below is a media statement relating to the Health Services and Outcomes Inquiry - dated 2 June 2017.

Health Services and Outcomes Inquiry media release [PDF, 578 KB]

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