July 26, 2022
Tribunal mana for change weakened
Former MP Shane Jones says the Waitangi Tribunal needs to stop trying to audit political outcomes and social policy.
The tribunal is currently holding a kaupapa inquiry into the justice system, including looking at its own processes and the disparity in resourcing between claimants and the crown.
The tribunal is increasingly turning to such wide-ranging inquiries as the historical claim process is wound up.
Mr Jones says it has neither the expertise nor the authority to make a difference.
“Obviously we have got these ongoing social challenges but the tribunal in my view is unlikely to get the level of response that’s needed to effect a change not only at the political level but an attitudinal change in the bureaucracy,” he says.
Mr Jones says the tribunal’s current trajectory is not sustainable.