Historical claims are those that that relate to matters that occurred before 21 September 1992. Since 1 September 2008 no new historical claims are able to be filed.
Most historical claims have been addressed in district inquiries.
Remaining Historical Claims
The Tribunal has a number of historical claims before that have not been settled and have not been fully heard in the ongoing or already completed district inquiries. In September 2015 the Waitangi Tribunal’s Chairperson, Chief Judge Wilson Isaac, issued a memorandum outlining a process for the Tribunal’s consideration of claims with historical grievances that have not yet been fully inquired into or settled, and which are not in (or about to be in) negotiation for a Treaty settlement.
In September 2018 the Chairperson issued a further memorandum revising the process for remaining historical claims. He explained that Tribunal inquiry districts would be grouped into regions for assignment to a standing panel and appointed himself as presiding officer for a standing panel inquiry into remaining historical claims in the region of the Southern North Island and South Island.
The Inquiry into Remaining Historical Claims: Southern North Island and South Island Claims (Wai 2800), established in the September 2018 memorandum, will consider remaining historical claims from the following inquiry districts:
c) Te Whanganui a Tara/Wellington;
d) Te Tau Ihu/Northern South Island;
e) Southern South Island; and
f) Rekohu/Chatham Islands.
In the future, the mandate of this standing panel may be extended to other regions, or one or more additional standing panels may also be appointed for other regions.
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