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Waitangi Tribunal sitting, 2007

Waitangi Tribunal sitting, 2007

The Waitangi Tribunal was set up in 1975 to investigate Crown breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi. Its establishment allowed many issues that would once have been considered by different commissions of inquiry to be dealt with in a more co-ordinated way. Here, members of the tribunal meet at Ōrākei marae in Auckland to hear submissions on the claim lodged by a number of iwi for guardianship of their taonga (treasures), including flora and fauna, and intellectual-property rights in relation to traditional knowledge, language and culture.

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Alan Simpson, 'Commissions of inquiry - Commissions of inquiry since the 1980s ', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

Story by Alan Simpson, published 20 Jun 2012