17 Dec 2014

Maori servicemen grievances to be heard

6:30 am on 17 December 2014

A Waitangi Tribunal judicial conference to set the boundaries for claims made by Maori military veterans begins today.

The Military Veterans Kaupapa Inquiry will discuss with claimants and the Crown how the hearing should best be conducted.

The tribunal has identified 28 claims which raise grievances about how Maori servicemen have been treated.

Many of the issues arise from treatment experienced during overseas wars and missions, particularly during World War II and the Vietnam War, including one linked to nuclear exposure.

Other issues relate to ex-servicemen and their whanau and Government land settlement schemes as well as claims associated with rehabilitation.

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