Contemporary claims are those that relate to matters that occurred on or after 21 September 1992 and commonly focus on specific issues and local areas. After 2020, the Tribunal will focus on contemporary claims.
Some claims may be left over from previous Tribunal inquiries and from settlements restricted to historical grievances. Others may be addressed in the kaupapa inquiry programme. A dedicated inquiry process will be required to address them efficiently.
In April 2015 the Waitangi Tribunal’s chairperson, Chief Judge Wilson Isaac, issued a memorandum outlining the Kaupapa Inquiry Programme.
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