Waitangi Tribunal: COVID-19 Past Alert Level 4 Protocol


6 April 2020: Update
25 March 2020: Protocol during Past Alert Level 4



Chairperson Judge Wilson Isaac
6 April 2020

Acting in terms of the Waitangi Tribunal COVID-19 protocols published on 25 March 2020, all Waitangi Tribunal hearings and judicial conferences are adjourned while the country is at Alert Level 4.  All applications for urgent hearing are to be filed with the Registrar electronically and referred to the Chairperson for determination.

All Waitangi Tribunal Presiding Officers and members are working remotely.  Meetings are still taking place between Presiding Officers, Tribunal members and Tribunal staff, by way of teleconferencing or Zoom video conferencing.

Where hearings have been completed, Waitangi Tribunal inquiry panels are continuing to work on completing their reports.


Protocol during Past Alert Level 4

Chairperson Judge Wilson Isaac
25 March 2020

1.  This protocol has been set in light of the announcement made by the Prime Minister that as at 11:59 pm on 25 March 2020, New Zealand will move to Level 4 of the COVID-19 Alert System.

2.  At Level 4 of the Alert System, people are instructed to stay at home and travel is strictly limited.

3.  As a result of this announcement all currently scheduled Waitangi Tribunal hearings and other events are adjourned while the country is at Level 4.  All hearings and other events will be rescheduled once we have ceased to be at Level 4.

4.  If there is any application filed with the Tribunal seeking urgent action during this period, it is to be directed to me to address.

5.  In terms of any filing with the Waitangi Tribunal during this period, the following rules shall apply:

  • During the continuation of the Level 4 alert all filing of documents with the Tribunal is to be electronic.  If a party does not have the ability to file electronically, mail will still be periodically checked.  Because of hygiene requirements there will however be a delay in processing documents received by mail.
  • No documents will be received for filing in person by the Waitangi Tribunal registry.
  • All electronic filing is to be to the following address: WT.Registrar@justice.govt.nz
  • All filing by mail to this address:

Waitangi Tribunal

  • If any party wishes to contact the Court regarding an urgent matter, that is also the address to use.