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 205 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 Timetable

A list of forthcoming Inquiry event dates can be found on the Upcoming Events page

Inquiry progress

In December 2017, the Presiding Officer 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 (with hearings running from October to December 2018 and closings likely in March 2019) will inquire into aspects of primary care. Stage two will cover three priority areas encompassing mental health (including suicide and self-harm), Māori with disabilities, and issues of alcohol, tobacco, and substance abuse.

Stage one

The stage one inquiry is a discrete and targeted inquiry into the legislative and policy framework of the primary healthcare system. These proceedings are confined to the hearing of the Māori Primary Health Organisations & Providers (Wai 1315) and the National Hauora Coalition (Wai 2687) claims. A number of interested parties have also been granted varying degrees of participation.

The stage one hearings will be held at Tūrangawaewae Marae in Ngāruwāhia, beginning on 15 October 2018.The Tribunal will sit at Tūrangawaewae on 15-19 October, 23-26 October and 1-2 November 2018. Further hearing days will be held at the Waitangi Tribunal offices, in Wellington, from 17 to 18 December 2018. Closing submissions are likely to be heard from 12 to 13 March 2019 in Wellington.

Stage two

Part one and two of the pre-casebook discussion paper (a Tribunal Unit assessment of the evidence required for the stage two inquiry) have now been completed. It is hoped that Tribunal-commissioned and Crown reports for stage two will be completed by April 2019 and mid-July 2019 respectively. Following the receipt of these research reports, the Tribunal anticipates holding a judicial conference, possibly in late July 2019, to discuss more detailed planning for stage two hearings.

Memorandum-directions concerning priorities for stage two (Wai 2575, #2.5.29(external link))

Filing dates for the wider inquiry programme (Wai 2575, #2.5.31(b)(external link))

Inquiry staff

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