Kaupapa inquiries

Kaupapa (thematic) inquiries are not specific to any district. They deal with nationally significant issues affecting Māori as a whole.

A memorandum concerning the kaupapa inquiry programme was issued in 2015 by the Waitangi Tribunal’s Chairperson, Chief Judge Wilson Isaac. A second memorandum updating and refining the the kaupapa process was issued in March 2019. The kaupapa inquiries topics and order in which they are scheduled for inquiry are:

  • Military veterans
  • Health services and outcomes
  • Takutai moana
  • Mana wāhine
  • Housing policy and services
  • Constitution, self-government and electoral system
  • Education services and outcomes
  • Social services and social development
  • Economic development
  • Identity and culture
  • Natural resources and environmental management
  • Justice system
  • Citizenship rights and equality

Read the 2015 memorandum about the Kaupapa Inquiry Programme [PDF, 476 KB]

Read the 2019 memorandum about the Kaupapa Inquiry Programme [PDF, 887 KB]

2019 Kaupapa Inquiry Programme - Appendix [PDF, 163 KB]

The following kaupapa inquiries have commenced:

The following kaupapa inquiries are currently at the preparation stage:

  • The Mana Wāhine Kaupapa Inquiry (Wai 2700)

*commenced prior to the formal kaupapa inquiry programme being established.

 A number of Kaupapa claims have already been heard:

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