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:
- assesses applications to register and amend claims
- oversees the records of inquiry
- advises the Legal Services Commissioner on legal aid funding to claimants (external link)
The claims coordination team:
- provides logistical and administrative support for judicial conferences, hearings, and Tribunal panel meetings
- helps inquiry participants to engage effectively
- maintains and distributes documents filed on the records of inquiry.
Research and inquiry facilitation
The research and inquiry facilitation team:
- undertakes Tribunal-commissioned research
- assists Tribunal panels to determine issues for inquiry, in particular through Tribunal statements of issues
- assists Tribunal panels to plan and implement casebook research programmes
- advises claimants and Tribunal panels on evidential and inquiry process matters
- facilitates the effective participation of all parties through all inquiry stages up to the close of hearings.
The report-writing team:
- assists Tribunal panels to draft their reports
- manages report publication.
The Chief Historian’s team:
- advises on standards for all the Tribunal’s work
- provides strategic advice on the development of the Tribunal’s inquiry work programme.
The Business Support section provides day-to-day logistical support to staff and Tribunal members.
The Director’s Office provides general oversight and direction of the Waitangi Tribunal Unit’s activities.
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