Health Services and Outcomes Inquiry

The Tribunal’s kaupapa inquiry programme is designed to provide a pathway to hear nationally significant claim issues that affect Māori as a whole or a section of Māori in similar ways.


Wai 2575 - the Health Services and Outcomes Inquiry will hear all claims concerning grievances relating to health services and outcomes and which are of national significance. There are currently over 200 claims seeking to participate in the inquiry and there is currently no cut-off date for the filing of claims. The Tribunal will hear claimants who clearly specify eligible health-related grievances in their statements of claim and notify their intention to participate in the inquiry.

Panel members

The Wai 2575 Tribunal panel consists of:

Inquiry progress

In December 2017, the Presiding Officer confirmed that Wai 2575 will proceed on a phased and thematic basis, with health related-issues to be heard in stages according to priority. Stage one (with hearings running from October to December 2018 and closings likely in March 2019) will inquire into aspects of primary care. Stage two will cover three priority areas encompassing mental health (including suicide and self-harm), Māori with disabilities, and issues of alcohol, tobacco, and substance abuse.

Stage one

The stage one inquiry is a discrete and targeted inquiry into the legislative and policy framework of the primary healthcare system. These proceedings were confined to the hearing of the Māori Primary Health Organisations & Providers (Wai 1315) and the National Hauora Coalition (Wai 2687) claims. A number of interested parties were also granted varying degrees of participation. The stage one report was released to the public on Monday 1 July 2019.

Stage two

Tribunal-commissioned research

Part one and two of the pre-casebook discussion paper (a Tribunal Unit assessment of the evidence required for the stage two inquiry) have been completed. As a result of the pre-casebook discussion paper, the Tribunal commissioned the following four reports for stage two:

Both reports concerning Māori with disabilities were filed on 28 June 2019 (Wai 2575, #B22(external link); Wai 2575, #B23(external link)), while the final report on issues of alcohol, tobacco and substance abuse for Māori has been extended until 30 August 2019. A draft version of the Māori mental health report will be distributed to parties for review on 5 July 2019, with feedback due by 19 July 2019.

Crown-commissioned research

The Crown-funded research report modules on Māori Health Trends 1990 – 2015 were filed in February and March 2019. 

The Tribunal is also expecting to receive the following Crown funded research:

  • Māori Disability Statistical Status Report (due 30 June 2019); and
  • Historical Health Overview Report 1840-1992 (due 20 August 2019).

Judicial Conference

Following the receipt of all research reports, the Tribunal anticipates holding a judicial conference, to discuss more detailing planning for the stage two inquiry.

Memorandum-directions concerning priorities for stage two (Wai 2575, #2.5.29(external link))(external link)

Inquiry staff

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