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Language preference: Māori English

Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill gives Māori land owners, trustees and whānau greater decision-making powers and better support for the management of whenua Māori.

New Māori land law one step closer

Supplementary order papers to the Bill were tabled on 31 March 2017 in anticipation of Committee of the Whole stage - to see click here.

New changes have been announced to Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill to address inequities in Māori land law. Read more about these changes [PDF, 721KB].

These changes emphasise the three pou or key principles of Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill - taonga tuku iho, mana motuhake and whakawhanake more information about these changes can be found here.

For more information about these changes and what these mean for Māori land owners, trustees and whānau check out here.

There are some myths being spread around the motu about Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill to clarify these we have created a page. Check it out here.

For a timeline about Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill and where it is now up to click on this link.

Second Reading

Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill passed its Second Reading in Parliament just before Christmas.

You can view the speeches in the House here.

Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill, which was introduced into Parliament in April 2016, will:

  • Give Māori land owners greater autonomy to make their own decisions
  • Provide a clearer more empowering decision-making framework
  • Strengthen protections against the alienation of Māori land
  • Lead to stronger-performing governance bodes
  • Improve the succession and dispute resolution processes and
  • Make better use of the Māori Land Court.

The new Bill also establishes a new Māori Land Service to support Māori land owners. A second nationwide round of Wānanga about the final design of this Service will be held in January 2017.

The Bill is expected to be enacted by 30 April 2017 and to come into effect by 1 October 2018.

You can find out more about the major changes to Māori land law here.

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