Taihape: Rangitīkei ki Rangipō

Claims and geographical area

Taihape area map

The Waitangi Tribunal is currently inquiring into 46 claims as part of the Taihape: Rangitīkei ki Rangipō District inquiry (Wai 2180). About a dozen of these claims have been made on behalf of the iwi, hapū and whānau of Mōkai Pātea: Ngāti Hauiti, Ngāti Tamakōpiri, Ngāti Whitikaupeka, Ngāi Te Ohuake, Ngāti Paki and Ngāti Hinemanu.

The Tribunal has also received claims made on behalf of other iwi, hapū and whānau associated with the general area. These include: Ngāi Te Upokoiri and Ngāti Hinemanu, Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Waewae, Ngāti Pikiahu, Ngā Poutama, and Ngāti Hikairo, Te Wainui a Rua and Muaūpoko.

The inquiry district covers the area known as Inland Pātea, west of the Ruahine and Kaweka Ranges and south of the Kaimanawa mountains. It includes the towns of Hunterville, Taihape and Waiouru. The Rangitīkei River flows through the heart of the district.

See a map of the Taihape district inquiry [PDF, 695 KB]

Major issues

The following broad claim issues are set out in the Tribunal’s Statement of Issues for this inquiry.

View the Statement of Issues.(external link)

  • Constitutional issues
  • Nineteenth century land use, management and alienation
  • Twentieth century land use, management and alienation
  • Public works
  • Environment
  • Mātauranga Māori

Panel members

The Presiding Officer of the Taihape district inquiry is Judge Layne Harvey.

Find out more about Judge Harvey(external link)

The panel also includes:

Inquiry progress

The Taihape inquiry completed its latest hearings phase in October 2021.

Find out about:

Hearings and events

See the events page for information on upcoming hearings.

Inquiry documents

The various documents, submissions and evidence filed in the inquiry are available online. The list of these is called the record of inquiry.

Search inquiry documents(external link)

Document requests:

For all document requests for this inquiry, email: WT_Requests@justice.govt.nz

Inquiry requests:

For all inquiry related requests, email: WT.Registrar@justice.govt.nz

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