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 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.

Report writing

The report-writing team:

  • assists Tribunal panels to draft their reports
  • manages report publication.

Chief Historian

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.

Business Support

The Business Support section provides day-to-day logistical support to staff and Tribunal members.

Director’s Office

The Director’s Office provides general oversight and direction of the Waitangi Tribunal Unit’s activities.


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

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