• Te Ture Whenua Māori Act enacted.


  • A review of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 commenced with 18 hui held nationwide.


  • The Act amended, a number of recommendations not progressed.


  • Hui Taumata established a Māori Land Tenure Review Group identify a need for reform.


  • Te Puni Kōkiri releases a report: Ko Ngā Tūmanako o Ngā Tangata Whai Whenua Māori: Owner aspirations regarding utilisation of Māori land. The report recommended a review of provisions that influence and impact on Māori land and Māori land tenure.


  • An Independent Panel of experts established to review Te Ture Whenua Māori Act.


  • Te Ture Whenua Māori Review
  • The Review Panel publishes a discussion document and holds nearly 20 hui to discuss policy options.
  • The Panel’s report recommended the 1993 Act be repealed and replaced by a new Act to give Māori land owners greater mana motuhake to make decisions about their whenua and support the development of their whenua while ensuring Māori land is retained as a taonga tuku iho for future generations.
  • These principles form the basis of Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill.


  • February: An Iwi Leaders Technical Advisor Group was established to assist the drafting of a new Bill.
  • August: Te Puni Kōkiri (with Iwi Leaders Group and Federation of Māori Authorities) hold 20 hui nationwide with Māori land owners to seek their views.


  • February: A Ture Whenua Māori Ministerial Advisory Group established to provide independent advice on the Bill.
  • Three drafts of the Bill publically released for consultation.
  • 73 hui held and 392 written submissions received on the exposure draft.
  • 109 Bill provisions amended and 28 removed as a direct result of feedback.


  • Hui continue with Māori leadership groups, trusts and incorporations.
  • Updated draft of Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill publicly released.
  • 47 nationwide hui held on changes to the Bill and proposed Māori Land Service.
  • Cabinet approves work programme to address barriers to the use of whenua Māori, including rating, valuation, paper roads, landlocked land and the Public Works Act.
  • The Bill goes to the Māori Affairs Select Committee which receives and considers 152 submissions.
  • 25 nationwide wānanga to discuss the Māori Land Service’s structure and services.


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