Option 1: Conduct an inquiry into dispossession of whenua

The Treaty settlement processes has inbuilt limitation. The first step we suggest is to have the Waitangi Tribunal undertake a more comprehensive investigation into land dispossession as a whole, and its present value. This would include the extent to which whenua was seized because of public works and rating arrears, and was wrongfully alienated through the Native Land courts and through improper transactions. This information would then be assembled in a format that is easily accessible to iwi, hapū and whānau (including searchability), and used to support other complementary redress mechanisms, discussed below.