Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 is the governing legislation for Māori land.
The Act upholds Māori land as a taonga tuku iho, a treasure handed through the generations, with special cultural significance to Māori. It also facilitates the occupation, development and utilisation of that land by its owners and their whānau, hapū and descendants.
Te Ture Whenua Māori (Succession, Dispute Resolution, and Related Matters) Amendment Act 2020
In August 2020, Te Ture Whenua Māori (Succession, Dispute Resolution, and Related Matters) Amendment Act introduced changes to the Act to better support Māori land owners to connect with and use their whenua. The changes come into force on Waitangi Day, 6 February 2021.
You can find out more about the changes below.
For information about how Te Puni Kōkiri supports whānau through whenua development, go to the Whenua Māori page.