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  1. Mangatu Remedies

    Mangatū Remedies Report Released

    In a report released today (23 December 2013), the Waitangi Tribunal declined to make a binding recommendation for the return of Crown forest licensed land to Māori groups in the Tūranga (Gisborne) district. The Mangatū Remedies Report is the result of separate applications by the Mangatū Incorporation, Te Aitanga a Māhaki...

  2. Te Kahui Maunga

    Waitangi Tribunal releases its report on Tongariro National Park claims

    The Waitangi Tribunal has today (12 November 2013) released its final report on 41 Treaty claims of ngā iwi and hapū of te kāhui maunga, the chiefly cluster of mountains, which include Tongariro, Ngāuruhoe, Ruapehu, Pīhanga, Hauhungatahi, and Kakaramea. All iwi and hapū who had their claims heard have close...

  3. Judge Norman Smith

    Waitangi Tribunal tribute to Deputy Chairperson Norman Smith

    Last month marked the passing of Judge Norman Francis Smith, former deputy chairperson of the Waitangi Tribunal and deputy chief judge of the Māori Land Court. Judge Smith served as deputy chairperson from 1993 until his retirement in 1998. During these years, he presided over many urgency and remedies judicial...

  4. Ngati Kahu Cover

    Ngāti Kahu Remedies Report

    Tribunal Says Non-binding Recommendations are Warranted The Waitangi Tribunal today (4 February 2013) released its report on an application by Ngāti Kahu – an iwi of the Te Hiku (Far North) region – for the return of land within their tribal area and other assets, together totalling $260 million. The application of...

  5. Wai 894: Te Urewera, Pre-publication Part IV Released

    The Waitangi Tribunal today (20 December 2012) released the fourth part of its report on claims in the Te Urewera district inquiry. In this part of its report, the Tribunal moves beyond large-scale land alienation in Te Urewera to look at how Maori communities fared in the twentieth century, with only...

  6. Wai 894: Te Urewera, Pre-publication Part III Released

    The Waitangi Tribunal today (22 October 2012) released in pre-publication format the third part of its report on claims in the Te Urewera district inquiry. In this part of its report, entitled From Self-governing Native Reserve to National Park, the Tribunal looks at the origins of Te Urewera National Park, created...

  7. Waitangi Tribunal Report Wai 2336 Matua Rautia

    Wai 2336: Matua Rautia: Report on the Kōhanga Reo Claim

    The Waitangi Tribunal has today (18 October 2012) released a pre-publication version of Matua Rautia: Report on the Kōhanga Reo Claim, its report into the kōhanga reo claim filed by the Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust. The Tribunal heard the claim under urgency during March and April 2012, with Deputy Chief...

  8. Ko Aotearoa Tēnei: Report on the Wai 262 Claim Released

    Time to Move beyond Grievance in Treaty Relationship, Tribunal Says The Waitangi Tribunal today (2 July 2011) released its report into the Wai 262 claim, recommending wide-ranging reforms to laws and policies affecting Māori culture and identity and calling for the Crown-Māori relationship to move beyond grievance to a new era...

  9. Tribute to Emeritus Professor Dame Judith Binney

    The Waitangi Tribunal acknowledges Emeritus Professor Dame Judith Binney, New Zealand historian, 1940–2011 Dame Judith Binney was a pioneer historian in the fields of Maori history, Maori-Pakeha and Maori-Crown relations. Her work with iwi, her engagement with their oral histories and traditions, and her successful dialogue between western academic approaches and...

  10. Tauranga Moana Cover

    Tauranga Moana, 1886–2006 Released

    On Saturday 4 September 2010, the Tribunal released its report Tauranga Moana, 1886–2006: Report on the Post-Raupatu Claims. In stage 2 of its inquiry into Tauranga Moana claims, the Tribunal examined issues relating to the decades since the confiscation (the latter having been the subject of stage 1). Over 50 claims...

  11. Wai 894: Te Urewera Pre-publication Part II Released

    On 2 August 2010, the Waitangi Tribunal released part II of the pre-publication version of its report on Te Urewera claims. The following introductory text is taken from Presiding Officer Judge Patrick Savage's letter to the Minister of Māori Affairs, which is located at the beginning of the report: On 6...

  12. East Coast Settlement Cover

    East Coast Settlement Report released

    The East Coast Settlement Report is the outcome of an urgent Waitangi Tribunal hearing held in Wellington between 14 and 16 December 2009 into the Crown's recognition of Te Runanga o Ngāti Porou's (TRONP) mandate to negotiate and settle all historical Ngāti Porou Treaty of Waitangi claims. The Tribunal panel...

  13. Wairarapa Cover Volume I

    Wairarapa ki Tararua Report Released

    The Waitangi Tribunal has today released its report on the Treaty claims of iwi and hapū of the Wairarapa ki Tararua district, which extends up the eastern side of the North Island from Cape Palliser to southern Hawke’s Bay. The principal iwi are Ngāti Kahungunu and Rangitāne. The Tribunal inquiry panel...

  14. Tribunal members reappointed

    The Minister of Māori Affairs, Dr Pita Sharples, today announced the reappointment of Mrs Keita Walker, Mr John Baird, Sir Hirini Mead, Professor Ranginui Walker, and Dr Angela Ballara to the Waitangi Tribunal, each for a term of three years. Read Dr Sharples Release For media inquiries, contact the Ministry of Justice...

  15. Chief Judge Wilson Isaac appointed Chairperson of the Waitangi Tribunal

    The Minister of Māori Affairs, the Honourable Dr Pita Sharples, today announced the appointment of Chief Judge Wilson Whare Isaac of the Māori Land Court as the chairperson of the Waitangi Tribunal for a term of five years. Hon Dr Pita Sharples media release For media inquiries, contact the Ministry of Justice...

  16. Wai 894: Te Urewera Pre-publication Part I

    On 9 April 2009, the Waitangi Tribunal released part I of its report into the Treaty claims of the iwi and hapu of Te Urewera district. The report is being released in parts at the request of the Crown and claimants, to assist them in settlement negotiations. Part I examines the...

  17. Aotearoa Institute

    The Aotearoa Institute Claim Concerning Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Report

    The Waitangi Tribunal today released its report on an urgent claim, Wai 1298, filed in September by Harold Maniapoto and Tui Adams on behalf of the Aotearoa Institute Te Kuratini o Nga Waka Trust Board, the parent body of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (TWOA). The claim alleged that the Crown...