Author(s): Janine Hayward
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 TribunalÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs 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 ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ and controversial ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ in New Zealand over the last three decades, little has been written about the Tribunal itself since the early works by Paul Temm and W.H.Oliver. In essays by leading academics, lawyers, and researchers, The Waitangi Tribunal 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; international comparisons are offered. The book reviews the TribunalÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs place in contemporary New Zealand, and takes a critical look at its role in reshaping Maori society and identity. The Waitangi Tribunal 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.