Te Ture Whenua Māori Act changes coming in February 2021

In August 2020, the Government passed targeted changes to Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 to simplify some of the legal processes associated with owning, occupying and using Māori land.

When the changes come into force on Waitangi Day 6 February 2021*, new and improved Māori Land Court services and functions will make it easier and provide more choice on how to engage the Court on whenua matters.

This includes simple and uncontested succession applications and trust matters being able to be dealt with by a Māori Land Court Registrar, without the need of a Court sitting.

A new, free tikanga-based disputes resolution service means parties will be able to deal with disputes about Māori land through mediation, rather than in a public Court sitting.

Other changes will make it easier to use whenua for housing, establish an incorporation and deal with a wider range of matters through the Māori Land Court.

Read the Amendments to Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 brochure for more information:

Amendments to Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 [PDF, 891 KB]

Also please check back on our website for more information over January and when the changes come into effect in early February 2021.

* Operationally these services will be available through the Māori Land Court from Tuesday 9 February 2021, the first working day after the changes come into effect.

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