Treaty of Waitangi claims
Settling historical Treaty of Waitangi claims
Claims for breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi before 1992 are known as historical claims. Settlements aim to resolve these claims by providing some redress to claimant groups.
Pre-negotiations - choosing representatives and Terms of Negotiation
Claimant groups will choose people to represent them in negotiations with the Crown. The representatives will sign Terms of Negotiation with the Crown on the group’s behalf.
Negotiations - getting a Deed of Settlement
The details of a settlement between the Crown and a claimant group are worked out during the negotiations part of the process.
Legislation - making the settlement law
When the terms of a settlement have been agreed on, Parliament will pass a law to make it legally binding.
Implementation - after a settlement is complete
When a Treaty settlement is complete, the claimant group will receive the assets that were agreed on during negotiations.
Funding is available to help pay the costs associated with negotiating Treaty of Waitangi claims.