File your application with the Māori Land Court

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File your application with us

You can file your application with any of our offices by post, email, fax or in person.

When you file your application with us, please remember that we’ll need the following:

  • a completed application form
  • any required documentation or evidence to support your application
  • the appropriate application fee.

Lodge an application in person

You don’t need an appointment to meet with us.

You are welcome to visit one of our public counters which are open on normal week days between 10:00am and 4:00pm.

Bring your completed application with you, as well as any supporting documents, or we can provide guidance on which application would be appropriate and help you complete it at our office.

You can also make payment by EFTPOS or cash at the same time.

We will not be able to accept your application unless the fee has been received.

If required, we will send your application to the most appropriate processing office.

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Send an application by post

You are welcome to send your application to any of our offices by post.

When mailing an application to us you’ll need to make sure you have completed your application form and the required documentation.

As of 31st May 2021 cheques will no longer be accepted as a method of payment by the Ministry of Justice.  The change is due to the announcement that New Zealand Banks will cease accepting or processing cheque payments by mid-2021.

We will not be able to accept your application unless the fee has been received.

If required, we will send your application to the most appropriate processing office.

Contact us for more assistance

Send an application by email or fax

Our rules require that payment for the application be received at the time you send it to us.

As of 31st May 2021 cheques will no longer be accepted as a method of payment by the Ministry of Justice.  The change is due to the announcement that New Zealand Banks will cease accepting or processing cheque payments by mid-2021.

We will not be able to accept your application unless the fee has been received.

If you haven’t made arrangements with us and we don’t receive payment within 5 days of receipt, we will return your documentation to you.

If required, we will send your application to the most appropriate processing office.

Contact us for more assistance

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Do you need to get a lawyer?

There is no requirement for you to have a lawyer file your application or appear for you. In fact most people who file an application with us choose to represent themselves.

We can help you fill in application forms and give you general advice about the Court and our processes.

However, it is always advisable to seek independent legal advice and assistance if you are seeking a legal opinion or where you need technical legal assistance.

Contact your local Community Law office for free legal advice(external link)

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