- 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- The Panel’s report recommended the 1993 Act be repealed and replaced by a new Act to give Māori land owners greater mana motuhake to make decisions about their whenua and support the development of their whenua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.
- Further nationwide hui on the proposed Māori Land Service.
- New changes were announced to Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill to address inequities in Māori land law
- Supplementary Order Papers tabled.
- The Bill went in to the Committee of the Whole stage on 3 May 2017.
- Ongoing: Work continues on the Māori Land Service and the use of whenua Māori, paper roads and landlocked land.