SILNA Hāwea / Wānaka UPDATE:


September 2021

The Māori Land Court has released an updated working list of potential owners entitled to the Hāwea/Wānaka Substitute Land (Section 2 of 5 Block XIV Lower Wanaka Survey District) under Section 15 of the Ngāi Tahu Deed of Settlement 1997.

This working list is comprised of successors to the 53 original beneficiaries who were allocated land between Lakes Hāwea and Wānaka (‘The Neck’) under the ‘SILNA’ scheme.  The South Island Landless Natives Act 1906 was repealed in 1909 without those 53 people having received their SILNA land.

The working list of potential owners was updated at a sitting of the Māori Land Court in Te Waipounamu on 9 September 2021.

What will happen next?

Now that the interim list of potential owners has been updated by the Māori Land Court, potential owners need to be aware of the following:

1. The Māori Land Court will continue to update the interim list of potential owners by continuing with succession applications as required. If there is a member of your whānau on the updated list who is deceased, please contact the Māori Land Court, Te Waipounamu to begin the succession process. The approved succession form for this block can be found here: Form 01 - Application to determine successors for SILNA lands - Hāwea/Wānaka [PDF, 407 KB]

 * The application fee is waived, as indicated on the application form.

2. Updating potential owner contact details: If you are on the list of potential owners, please provide your current contact details (including email, postal address and phone number) to the Te Waipounamu office of the Māori Land Court Ph: 03 962 4900 or

3. By updating your contact information, you will be consenting to your information being shared with Te Puni Kōkiri and the Office for Māori Crown Relations - Te Arawhiti.

4. Te Arawhiti and Te Puni Kōkiri will run a voting process starting at the end of 2021 for potential owners to elect interim representation. It is important that you provide your current contact details by the end of October 2021 to ensure that you will be sent a voting pack and other information.

5. Interim representation is required:

a) To discuss with Te Arawhiti the nature of the substitute land.

b) To gather information about the options available to the potential owners, including how to best receive and hold the Hāwea/Wānaka Substitute Land.

c) To develop recommendations for the potential owners about how to receive and hold the substitute land and to inform their decisions about its future governance and management.

6. After representatives have undertaken steps a, b and c above, the potential owners will be invited to participate in a subsequent decision-making process following Part 9 of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 to determine how to receive and hold the land. The potential owners will also be invited to consider any agreements reached by the representatives with the Crown before agreements are finalised.

For any enquiries relating to succession, background of SILNA and enquires relating to whakapapa please contact the SILNA team at the Te Waipounamu office of the Māori Land Court using the contact information above.

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