The New Zealand Law Commission has described the functions undertaken by tribunals as including:

  • deciding disputes between citizens;
  • first instance determination of disputes between citizens and the state;
  • reviewing and appealing administrative decisions;
  • deciding appeals from decisions of other tribunals;
  • regulating and disciplining members of professions;
  • licensing particular activities;
  • investigating particular matters and making recommendations to Ministers/Parliament; and
  • applying consistently, and developing, a broad policy set by Parliament to
  • individual situations, where Parliament has considered that this would be
  • most appropriately done by an independent body.

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