Wai 2575 Health Services and Outcomes Kaupapa Inquiry

Initiated in November 2016, the Waitangi Tribunal Health Services and Outcomes Inquiry (Wai 2575) will hear all claims concerning grievances relating to health services and outcomes of national significance for Māori.

As of November 2019, there are approximately 220 claims seeking to participate in the Health Services and Outcomes Kaupapa Inquiry (the Inquiry). The claims are historical and contemporary covering a range of issues relating to the health system, specific health services and outcomes, including health equity; primary health care; disability services; mental health; and alcohol, tobacco and substance abuse.

 The Inquiry consists of three stages: 

  • Stage One inquired into the legislative and policy framework of the primary health care system (with hearings from October to December 2018)
  • Stage Two will be structured in two parts covering three priority areas.  Part one will focus on Māori with disabilities. Part two will focus on Māori mental health (including suicide and self-harm), and issues of alcohol, tobacco, and substance abuse
  • Stage Three will cover the remaining national significant issues and eligible historical issues. There is currently no date for when this stage will begin.

You can find out more about the Health Services and Outcomes Inquiry on the Waitangi Tribunal website.

Stage One – Primary Health Care

Māori Primary Health Organisations and Providers (Wai 1315) and National Hauora Coalition (2687) are the named claimant groups for stage one. Seventy-six other claimant groups were granted interested party status, with varying levels of participation throughout Stage One.

Eleven days of hearings for Stage One of the Inquiry took place at Tūrangawaewae Marae, Ngāruawāhia from 15 to 19 October, 23 to 26 October and 1 – 2 November 2018. Two further days of hearings took place at the Waitangi Tribunal Offices in Wellington on 17 and 18 December 2018. Closing submissions took place at the Waitangi Tribunal Offices in Wellington on 12 and 13 of March 2019.

On 1 July 2019 the Waitangi Tribunal released their report on Stage One. The report includes several findings and recommendations for the Crown to consider:

Stage Two – Mental Health (including suicide and self-harm), Māori with disabilities, and Alcohol, Tobacco, and Substance Abuse

On 9 October 2019 at the Waitangi Tribunal Offices in Wellington, a judicial conference was convened to discuss stage two planning and the order of the three priority areas.

The Waitangi Tribunal has decided to hear matters relating to Māori with Disabilities as the first part of Stage Two. Hearings are likely to take place in the second half of 2020. The second part of Stage Two will focus on Māori mental health (including suicide and self-harm) and issues of alcohol, tobacco and substance abuse. 

Accessing Wai 2575 documents

See the Ministry of Justice website to access the official copies of documents filed in current Tribunal inquiries.

To find the health kaupapa inquiry evidence from the claimants, the interested parties and the Crown use the search function on this page specifying the following two items from the various drop down menus (the remainder are optional and for more precise searching):

  • Wai number - Wai 2575
  • Document group - Record of Documents


The following resources have been provided by the Ministry of Health to help inform the Health Services and Outcomes Inquiry (WAI 2575)

Please note: This information has been prepared by the Ministry of Health.  While the information contained in the reports was considered to be true and correct at the time they were each prepared, changes in circumstances after such date may impact on the accuracy of the information and the Ministry does not warrant or represent that the information contained in the reports is free from errors or omission.  The Ministry takes no responsibility for the accuracy, currency, reliability or correctness of links or references to the listed information sources.

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