Military Veterans Inquiry

Wai 2500 – The Military Veterans Kaupapa Inquiry will hear all claims involving past military service undertaken directly for or on behalf of the Crown in right of New Zealand or, in earlier colonial times, for or on behalf of the imperial Crown in New Zealand. There are currently around 80 claims in the inquiry.

This extends to all types of military service, whether operational or routine, whether in time of war or peace, and whether at home or abroad. It includes the military service itself and the rehabilitation and remediation of service-related impacts on ex-servicemen and their whānau.

Panel members

The Wai 2500 Tribunal panel consists of:

Hearings and events

Oral evidence hearings were held in 2016, in Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Northland, Whakatane, and Christchurch.

Following these initial oral evidence hearings, research has been commissioned. This will be followed by substantive hearings in which the Tribunal will hear more evidence from claimants and witnesses, as well as expert witnesses.

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The research programme has commenced, with all projects underway. The following projects have been commissioned:

  • Crown repatriation support for Māori military veterans, c.1860-present
  • Health and social impacts for Māori veterans and their whānau, 1845-present
  • Māori military service for the Crown, 1845-1945
  • Māori military service for the Crown, 1946-present
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