The purpose of the ECCRP is to prepare research evidence for the claims.
The casebook programme at this stage covers 24 project briefs (technical research) and the commissioning of oral & traditional reports ( mana whenua research established by the Claimants).
Regarding the technical research, a project brief outlines a scoping exercise that involves commissioning a historian. The historian will follow the project brief and research matters raised regarding the particular project. On completion of the scoping exercise the historian will recommend whether a full report is needed or not.
For example the ratings project 15 (of 24). Richard Towers was commissioned to do a scoping exercise based on the project 15 brief. The scoping report identified relevant sources of historical evidence, archives and supporting papers and the need for a full report on rating issues. A full ratings report has been drafted showing comprehensive evidence of prejudices upon East Coast tangata whenua as a result of rates. This report is critical to supporting the Ruawaipu Income Tax and revenue claim and others.
At present various scoping reports have been completed and some main reports have been drafted. It is envisaged the technical reports will be finished by December 2008. You can view the research reports released so far in this section.