We support durable Treaty settlements

We work alongside the rest of the Crown, local government and settled iwi to safeguard the durability of historical Treaty settlements. We help ensure the gains made to Crown-Māori relationships through Treaty settlements are maintained and built upon. We report to the Attorney-General. 

We are the initial contact point for enquires on post-settlement matters. You can contact us at postsettlement@justice.govt.nz

We support the Crown to deliver on its Treaty settlement commitments

Treaty settlements include commitments made by the Crown as redress for historical events. As Treaty settlements progress, the number of commitments arising from settlements continues to grow.

We help the Crown to gain an overview of how the Crown is progressing towards meeting commitments.

We assist coordination across the agencies responsible for implementing Treaty settlement commitments and act as an initial contact point for enquiries on post-settlement matters.

We maintain and strengthen relationships with settled iwi

A key aspect of maintaining relationships is working with iwi and central and local government to resolve issues arising after settlement. We work with iwi and the lead agencies to resolve issues as they arise.

Our relationships with Te Puni Kōkiri and the Office of Treaty Settlements are especially important.

We also support Te Puni Kōkiri, the Ministry of Social Development and other agencies to implement the accord arrangements arising through settlements.

To better understand iwi and hapū interests in a particular rohe (area or region) have a look at Te Kahui Mangai website (external link)

We use what we learn through Treaty settlements to inform Treaty partnerships

We contribute to strategic policy advice on post-settlement matters alongside Te Puni Kōkiri and other departments.

Over time both the Crown and iwi will be able to increasingly focus on the question of what it means to be a Treaty partner. This will include further improving how iwi can effectively contribute to policy development and the setting of the government’s priorities.

The nature of the Treaty partnership between the Crown and Māori is evolving and there are opportunities for collaboration and innovation over time.

Read the 2014 Briefing for the Incoming Minister – Attorney-General [PDF, 8.5 MB]

Read about inquiries to Treaty of Waitangi claims (external link)

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