The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act Inquiry

NOTICE is hereby given that the Waitangi Tribunal has commenced a kaupapa inquiry into claims concerning the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011 (the MACA Act). A final deadline for the filing of any new or amended claims seeking to participate in this inquiry has been set.

Wai 2660 public notification [PDF, 151 KB]

Date: Wednesday 20 June 2018
Deadline: 12:00pm
To: The Registrar
Waitangi Tribunal Unit
Level 7, 141 The Terrace,
DX SX 11237

What is the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act Inquiry?

A kaupapa inquiry constitutes the hearing of claims concerning a nationally significant issue that affects Māori as a whole or a section of Māori across Aotearoa/New Zealand in similar ways.

The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act Inquiry will address two main questions:

  1. To what extent, if at all, are the MACA Act and Crown policy and practice inconsistent with the Treaty in protecting the ability of Māori holders of customary marine and coastal area rights to assert and exercise those rights?
  2. Do the procedural arrangements and resources provided by the Crown under the MACA Act prejudicially affect Māori holders of customary marine and coastal area rights in Treaty terms when they seek recognition of their rights?

A judicial conference was held to commence the inquiry on Thursday 5 April 2018 at the Waitangi Tribunal Unit in Wellington. Following this, memorandum-directions of the Presiding Officer, Judge Armstrong, were released directing several filing dates for parties to adhere to. A copy of this direction can be obtained from the Waitangi Tribunal website ( or can be requested by emailing Please reference Wai 2660, document #2.5.16.

How do I find more information?

Further information on this inquiry can be obtained from:
Brianna Boxall
Inquiry Facilitator for Wai 2660
Waitangi Tribunal Unit
Ph:(04) 914 3064

Dated at Wellington on 14 May 2018
Helayna Seiuli
For the Registrar
Waitangi Tribunal

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