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Kaupapa Inquiries

Supporting the Waitangi Tribunal Kaupapa inquiries.

The Waitangi Tribunal is carrying out a comprehensive programme of Kaupapa Inquiries. These deal with nationally significant issues affecting Māori as a whole which will require a whole of New Zealand Government response. They include issues such as housing, health and disability, mana wahine, social services and social development.

The Inquiries are an opportunity for us to be better positioned to address current and past issues, and to continue our commitment to achieve better outcomes for Māori.

We are guided by an approach based on the ARA model. ARA is an acronym for:

  • Accepting the past;
  • Respecting the Inquiry and claimants; and,
  • Acknowledging when things should be changed.

ARA is the pathway that leads to the whare wānanga where the Crown and Māori may achieve closer alignment.

MSD and Kaupapa Inquiry hearings

MSD is taking part in several Kaupapa Inquiries because we develop policy, provide support and services for Māori and in partnership with Māori.

Wai 2750 – Housing Policy and Services Inquiry

The Housing Policy and Services Inquiry will hear outstanding claims with grievances concerning housing policy and services. Many of the claims which raise grievances in relation to housing issues have been brought on behalf of whānau, hapū and iwi from across the nation.

Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga – the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is leading the Crown’s response to the Wai 2750 Kaupapa Inquiry across agencies responsible for housing policy and services. MSD is working closely with HUD on the Inquiry because we support people with housing needs and have a key role in how the Crown responds to homelessness.

Wai 2700 – Mana Wāhine Inquiry

The Mana Wāhine Inquiry will inquire into claims which allege prejudice to Māori women arising from Crown breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi with damage to their customary roles and relationships with their whenua, whakapapa and mātauranga, with serious prejudicial consequences for their social, economic, cultural and spiritual well-being, and their access to leadership roles.

Wai 2575 - Health Services and Outcomes Inquiry

The Health Services and Outcomes Inquiry has heard claims concerning grievances relating to health services and outcomes, including disability, which are of national significance.

Social Services and Social Development Inquiry

The Kaupapa Inquiry into social services and social development is scheduled to begin in 2022. It will hear claims with issues relating to child protection, family well-being, welfare provision and social development processes of impoverishment, urbanisation policy and impacts. MSD will lead the Crown’s response to this Inquiry.

This page will be updated as the Inquiry progresses.

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