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 2700 – Mana Wāhine Inquiry will hear outstanding claims which allege prejudice to wāhine Māori as a result of Treaty breaches by the Crown. These claims extend across many fields of Crown policy, practice, acts and omissions, both historical and contemporary, and of related legislation, service provision and state assistance.
In memorandum-directions dated 20 December 2018 (Wai 2700, #2.5.8(external link)), the Chairperson formally initiated the Mana Wāhine Kaupapa Inquiry and appointed Judge Sarah Reeves as Presiding Officer. The Chairperson then appointed Dr Robyn Anderson, Kim Ngarimu and Dr Ruakere Hond as panel members to this inquiry on 7 August 2019.
A judicial conference was convened on 27 May 2020 to discuss the scope and structure of the inquiry, as well as issues concerning research, claimant funding and overlap with other inquiries. Following the judicial conference, the claimants filed:
A paper outlining the proposed scope for the inquiry.
A paper setting out a proposed approach for tūāpapa hearings.
Draft terms of reference for a joint research committee.
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