Waitangi Tribunal directions

The Waitangi Tribunal can instruct the parties to an inquiry to carry out specific tasks, such as filing documents by a set date or setting out in writing any objections they have to a proposed course of action.

This document is known as a direction. Directions are usually issued by the presiding officer for an inquiry and help it to proceed in an orderly and efficient manner.

Most directions relate to a single inquiry. Documents in current inquiries can be searched and downloaded.  

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The following memoranda were issued by the chairperson and affect the work programme of the Waitangi Tribunal as a whole.

Remaining historical claims

22 September 2015

The Tribunal has a number of historical claims that have not been heard in the already completed district inquiries. In September 2015 the Waitangi Tribunal’s chairperson, Chief Judge Wilson Isaac, issued a memorandum outlining a process for the Tribunal’s consideration of claims with historical grievances that have not yet been fully inquired into or settled, and which are not in (or about to be in) negotiation for a Treaty settlement.

Read the memorandum concerning remaining historical claims(external link)

Kaupapa inquiry direction

1 April 2015

This memorandum outlines the Waitangi Tribunal's new kaupapa (thematic) inquiry programme concerning nationally significant claims affecting Maori and outlines a general framework for the programme.

Kaupapa Inquiry Direction(external link)

Waitangi Tribunal Strategic Direction updated

2 July 2014, updated 10 February 2020

The Waitangi Tribunal has published an update of its strategic goals, which it set in its Strategic Direction 2014-2025. The update reviews the Tribunal’s progress to date and resets the strategic goals for the period to 2025. To learn more about the Tribunal’s future inquiry programme, please follow these links:

Front cover of the Strategic Direction 2014–2025(external link)

Read the Strategic Direction 2014–2025 [PDF, 16.1Mb](external link)

In February 2020, an update to the Waitangi Tribunal’s Strategic Direction was released.

Front cover of the Strategic Direction in 2020

Read the Strategic Direction in 2020 [PDF, 7Mb]


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