The Māori Purposes Bill 2011: Four New Māori Affairs Acts

The Māori Purposes Bill 2011: Four New Māori Affairs Acts

A Māori Purposes Bill is an omnibus bill amending legislation relating to Māori Affairs. The passage of the Māori Purposes Bill 2011 has resulted in the enactment of four new Acts: The Māori Trust Boards Amendment Act 2011, The Māori Purposes Act 2011, Te Ture Whenua Māori Amendment Act 2011 and the Māori Fisheries Amendment Act 2011. These Acts, which came into force on the 16 September 2011, make a range of important changes to legislation affecting Māori:

  • The Māori Trust Boards Amendment Act 2011 has amended the Māori Trust Boards Act 1955 to provide for direct accountability between Trust Boards and their beneficiaries;
  • The Māori Purposes Act 2011 removes Crown involvement in the administration of the Pukepuke Tangiora Estate and extends the distribution period for the Estate;
  • Te Ture Whenua Māori Amendment Act 2011 sets out minor technical changes to Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 and the Māori Incorporations Constitution Regulations 1994; and
  • The Māori Fisheries Amendment Act 2011 has amended the Māori Fisheries Act 2004. It enables the transfer of Mandated Iwi Organisation status and fisheries settlement assets from an existing Mandated Iwi Organisation to another separate entity of the same iwi, and exempts this transfer from the protective provisions of the Māori Fisheries Act that would require their sale.

A copy of the Regulatory Impact Statement relating to the Māori Purposes Bill produced by Te Puni Kōkiri on 25 May 2010 can be found here.

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