Waitangi Tribunal Unit

The Waitangi Tribunal Unit of the Ministry of Justice provides administrative and support services to the Waitangi Tribunal and is based in Wellington.


The registrarial team:

Claims coordination

The claims coordination team:

  • provides logistical support and advice relating to judicial conferences, hearings, and Tribunal panel meetings
  • helps inquiry participants to engage effectively with the Tribunal processes
  • maintains and distributes documents filed on the records of inquiry and updates key database systems
  • is a key point of contact and administration support for Tribunal members.

Inquiry Facilitation

The inquiry facilitation team:

  • advises on the planning and delivery of inquriy processes
  • provides claimants and Tribunal panels advice on evidential and inquiry process matters
  • facilitates the effective participation of all parties through inquiries up to the close of hearings.

Research Services

The research services team:

  • assists Tribunal panels to plan and implement casebook research programmes
  • undertakes Tribunal-commissioned research
  • provides quality assurance on research
  • assists Tribunal panels to determine issues for inquiry, in particular through Tribunal statements of issues

Report writing

The report-writing team:

  • supports the planning and delivery of Waitangi Tribunal reports
  • assists Tribunal panels to draft their reports
  • manages report publication.

Director’s Office

The Director’s Office

  • provides general oversight and direction of the Waitangi Tribunal Unit’s activities
  • advises on the design and content of the research and report writing work programmes, and quality standards for all the Tribunal's work
  • provides strategic advice on the Tribunal's work programme, support services and delivery of projects.


View current vacancies at the Waitangi Tribunal Unit on the Ministry of Justice Careers website(external link)

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