Department of Corrections and Reoffending Prisoners Claim

In November 2015, the Tribunal granted an urgent hearing for its inquiry into the Department of Corrections and Reoffending Prisoners (Wai 2540) Claim. The claim concerned the Crown’s alleged failure to meet its Treaty of Waitangi obligations to reduce the number of Māori who reoffend.

The Wai 2540 hearing week was held at the Waitangi Tribunal offices, Wellington on 25 - 29 July 2016. The Tribunal's report - Tū Mai te Rangi!: Report on the Crown and Disproportionate Reoffending Rates(external link) - has now been released.

Claimant’s application for an urgent hearing

The claim is brought by Tom Hemopo, on behalf of himself and his iwi, Ngāti Maniapoto, Rongomaiwahine and Ngāti Kahungunu.

The Deputy Chairperson of the Tribunal granted the claimant’s application for an urgent hearing on 11 November 2015

The Department of Corrections and Reoffending Prisoners Claim (Wai 2540) [PDF, 605 KB]

In his decision granting urgency to the claim, Judge Savage stated that, ‘if the applicant is right, the imminence of the prejudice to large numbers of Māori people means that it is better dealt with now and not delayed to a broader inquiry years hence’.

Claimant’s issues for inquiry

The claimant alleges that, in breach of the principles of the Treaty, there is no long-term Crown commitment to bring the number of Māori serving sentences in line with the Māori population generally, that the Crown has no specific target to reduce reoffending by Māori nor any overall strategy to reduce reoffending by Māori, that the existing rehabilitative programmes does not fit within a strategy, and that the Crown does not engage with Māori at an overall strategic level.

Members of the Tribunal panel

The Tribunal panel appointed to inquire into the Wai 2540 claim consists of:

At the hearings the Tribunal will hear evidence from claimants and the Crown.

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Search inquiry documents(external link)

Contact the staff inquiry team

The Wai 2540 inquiry staff team are:

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