Treaty of Waitangi Act 1975

Reprint as at 23 April 2014

Treaty of Waitangi Act 1975

Public Act1975 No 114
Date of assent10 October 1975
Commencement10 October 1975

Note

Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by Te Puni Kōkiri.


Contents

Title

1 Short Title

2 Interpretation

3 Act to bind Crown

4 Waitangi Tribunal

4A Deputy Chairperson

4B Appointment of Judge not to affect tenure, etc

5 Functions of Tribunal

6 Jurisdiction of Tribunal to consider claims

6AA Limitation of Tribunal's jurisdiction in relation to historical Treaty claims

6A Power of Tribunal to state case for Maori Appellate Court or Maori Land Court

7 Tribunal may refuse to inquire into claim

8 Jurisdiction of Tribunal to consider proposed legislation

8A Recommendations in respect of land transferred to or vested in State enterprise

8B Interim recommendations in respect of land transferred to or vested in State enterprise

8C Right to be heard on question in relation to land transferred to or vested in State enterprise

8D Special power of Tribunal to recommend that land be no longer liable to resumption

8E Issue of certificate on recommendation of Tribunal

8F Directions as to service

8G Public notice

8H Service of decision

Recommendations in relation to Crown forest land

8HA Interpretation of certain terms

8HB Recommendations of Tribunal in respect of Crown forest land

8HC Interim recommendations in respect of Crown forest land

8HD Right to be heard on question in relation to Crown forest land

8HE Special power of Tribunal to recommend that land not be liable to be returned to Maori ownership

8HF Issue of certificate on recommendation of Tribunal

8HG Directions as to service

8HH Public notice

8HI Service of decision

Recommendations in relation to land vested under New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990

8HJ Claims relating to land vested under New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990

8I Annual report on implementation of recommendations

9 Right to petition House of Representatives unaffected

Schedule 1
The Treaty of Waitangi

Schedule 2
Provisions relating to the Waitangi Tribunal

Schedule 3
Enactments to which jurisdiction of Tribunal is subject

Reprint notes


An Act to provide for the observance, and confirmation, of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi by establishing a Tribunal to make recommendations on claims relating to the practical application of the Treaty and to determine whether certain matters are inconsistent with the principles of the Treaty

  • Preamble

    Whereas on 6 February 1840 a Treaty was entered into at Waitangi between Her late Majesty Queen Victoria and the Maori people of New Zealand:

    And whereas the text of the Treaty in the English language differs from the text of the Treaty in the Maori language:

    And whereas it is desirable that a Tribunal be established to make recommendations on claims relating to the practical application of the principles of the Treaty and, for that purpose, to determine its meaning and effect and whether certain matters are inconsistent with those principles.