The proposed Māori Land Service (MLS) will consolidate existing services available to Māori land owners and provide some new services through a single doorway. It will open its doors 18 months after Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill passes.
Core functions of the Māori Land Service
While work is continuing on the detailed design and the delivery of the Māori Land Service, the Bill provides for a range of services to be provided through the proposed new Māori Land Service:
- Māori Land Information and Registry Services – maintaining and updating a register of Māori land owner decisions, ownership and governance information.
- Owner Decision Making Services – service to support owners in relation to their interests and effective governance and management arrangements for their land.
- Dispute Resolution Services – service to resolve disputes relating to land based on tikanga Māori.
With further work on the fourth service:
- Advisory and Development Services – advice relating to the productive use of land.
Māori Land Service case studies underway
The Māori Land Service Programme has begun working with Māori land owners on regional case studies that will help inform the advisory and development services that may be offered in the future by the Māori Land Service (MLS).
Click here to read the media release (3 August 2017)
Questions and Answers
What is the purpose of the case studies?
The purpose of the case studies is to get an understanding at the level of individual land blocks of how the Māori Land Service will be able to assist land owners in regions like Te Tai Rāwhiti which have significant Māori land. The case studies will look in to options for the utilisation of their whenua, whether for economic, cultural, conservation or any other purpose. The results of the case studies will inform the establishment of the Māori Land Service’s advisory and development services.
What exactly will the cases study partners be doing?
The case study will:
- collect the views and experiences of land owners in specific regions with accessing economic land services, what they have found to work and what hasn’t, and what opportunities there are for improvement
- engage with key stakeholders
- describe the Māori freehold land in the area through collecting and assessing the usefulness of existing datasets, and identifying opportunities for improved or new data
- identify and map all services currently available in the region which could potentially improve productivity or profitability of land, identify any duplication and/or inconsistency
- identify strategic alignments between existing economic development strategies and potential MLS services
- outline expected regional productivity gains and investment returns.
Why is Te Puni Kōkiri partnering with local iwi organisations?
Co-designing with Māori land owners is an important principle of the development of the Māori Land Service. The contractual partners for case studies were chosen because they have demonstrated support from local land owners and iwi. They have the capability to meet the goals of the case study including delivering research, coordinating wānanga and allowing the voices and experiences of land owners in Te Tai Rāwhiti to be heard.
Will those contracted iwi organisations be a service provider for the Māori Land Service when it opens its doors?
The case study will inform the final design of the advisory and development services provided by the Māori Land Service when it commences, eighteen months after the passage of Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill. No final decisions have been made about the delivery of services by the Māori Land Service.
When will the case study take place?
Te Tai Rāwhiti case study began last month (July ’17). The research phase will last around two months, and will inform further decisions about the Māori Land Service. The case study will continue in order to fine tune details about the delivery of services.
When will the other three regional case studies begin and where are they?
Te Puni Kōkiri is finalising arrangements with local iwi providers in Te Tai Tokerau, Waiariki and Aotea. These case studies will start over the next month and will follow a similar timeframe to the case study in Te Tai Rāwhiti.
Māori Land Service Wānanga (2016-2017)
To date, more than 1,000 Māori land owners have taken part in the consultation on the Māori Land Service. The wānanga were hosted by Te Puni Kōkiri, the Māori Land Court and Land Information New Zealand (LINZ).
The purpose of the wānanga was to find out what a proposed Māori Land Service might look like and how it could best support land owners to connect, protect and grow their whenua to support their aspirations.
Kōrero from wānanga 2017
From January to February in 2017 a further 25 wānanga were held nationwide to provide an update on the proposed services and the service delivery options.
You can also view the summary of insights from each one of the 25 hui here: Key insights from Wānanga 2 [PDF, 1.6MB].
Kōrero from wānanga 2016
Nation-wide wānanga are discussing what a proposed Māori Land Service might look like and how it could best support land owners to connect, protect and grow their whenua to support their aspirations. Read the key kōrero from each wānanga.