Mana Wāhine Kaupapa 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 2700 – Mana Wāhine Inquiry will hear outstanding claims which allege prejudice to wāhine Māori as a result of Treaty breaches by the Crown. These claims extend across many fields of Crown policy, practice, acts and omissions, both historical and contemporary, and of related legislation, service provision and state assistance.

Panel Members
Inquiry Progress

In memorandum-directions dated 20 December 2018, the Chairperson formally initiated the Mana Wāhine Kaupapa Inquiry and appointed Judge Sarah Reeves as Presiding Officer. The Chairperson then appointed Dr Robyn Anderson, Kim Ngarimu and Dr Ruakere Hond as panel members to this inquiry on 7 August 2019.

The claimants and the Crown have generally agreed that the following themes arise from the claims filed:

  1. Erosion of the rangatiratanga of wāhine Māori caused by colonial laws and political, economic and social systems.
  2. The undermining of leadership and governance capability of wāhine Māori.
  3. Failures of the Crown in relation to domestic and sexual violence.
  4. Institutional racism by Crown departments, especially those concerning the justice system, incarceration and child protective services.
  5. Failures of the Crown in relation to justice, education, health, social development, employment and equal pay.
  6. Failures of the Crown to protect mātauranga Māori for wāhine Māori.

This list is a preliminary summary of the issues that may be heard as part of the Mana Wāhine Kaupapa Inquiry and is not exhaustive or final.  Issues to be included will be refined as the inquiry progresses, and assessment of claim eligibility is completed by Tribunal staff.

A preliminary list of claims that have confirmed their intention to participate in this inquiry was released to parties on 17 February 2020, with an updated list to follow on 19 May 2020.

Recent developments

A judicial conference will be convened on 27 May 2020 to discuss the scope and structure of the inquiry, as well as issues relating to research and claimant funding. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the national Alert Level 2 restrictions in place, this judicial conference will be held using Zoom video-conferencing. The proceedings will also be live-streamed.  For further information please see the link below.

Inquiry Staff

 • Jenna-Faith Allan (Senior Facilitator)
   (04) 914 3004

• Lucy Reid (Inquiry Facilitator)
   (04) 466 4498

• Sarsha-Leigh Douglas (Claims Co-ordinator)
   (04) 466 3027

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