Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 [Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993] is being reviewed to recognise the significance of Māori land and to make it easier for Māori land owners to use and develop their land according to their aspirations, while ensuring appropriate safeguards for the retention of Māori land as a taonga tuku iho.

Proposed changes

The proposed changes will:

  • Support and promote the retention and use of Māori land by its owners;
  • Empower Māori land owners to pursue their aspirations for the sustainable development of their land;
  • Enable Māori land owners to make decisions without needing Māori Land Court approval and encourage owner participation;
  • Respect the intrinsic cultural significance of Māori land; and
  • Provide an effective alternative to litigation to resolve disputes.

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