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The Māori Purposes Act 2011 removes the role of the Crown in the administration of the Estate, and instead confirms the Māori Land Court’s jurisdiction to appoint and dismiss trustees and hear all matters relating to the administration of the Estate. To ensure continuity in the administration of the Estate, the Act confirms the present trustees to the Estate.
The Māori Purposes Act 2011 extends the period of distribution for the Estate to five years after the death of the last remaining life beneficiary to allow the members of the Estate sufficient time to come to an agreement regarding future Estate governance arrangements. The five-year extension is intended to allow for a robust decision-making process without unduly interfering with the legitimate expectation of the beneficiaries to inherit their interest in the Estate in accordance with the will as modified by legislation.
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