The Waitangi Tribunal
The Waitangi Tribunal was established in 1975 to hear claims by Maori against the Crown arising under the Treaty of Waitangi. Today it sits at the heart of the Treaty settlement process, with a unique jurisdiction to investigate claims and make recommendations for a settlement. The Tribunal’s reports have come to stand at the centre of developing notions of “justice” under the Treaty, and relay a version of our history previously ignored by the mainstream of New Zealand society. While the claims process has been crucial – and controversial – in New Zealand over the last three decades, little has been written about the Tribunal itself. In essays by leading academics, lawyers and researchers, this title offers a full study of this significant institution. The reports on lands, fisheries, the environment and commerce are documented; process, evidence and research are evaluated; the history of the Tribunal is carefully set out; and international comparisons are offered. The book reviews the Tribunal’s place in contemporary New Zealand and takes a critical look at its role in reshaping Maori society and identity.
It concludes by reflecting on the future of the Waitangi Tribunal and the contribution it makes to developing notions of reparatory and distributive justice in New Zealand.
|Dimensions||170 × 242 mm|
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