Whānau development through land is a key focus for Te Puni Kōkiri. It supports Māori landowners, trustees and whānau to realise their aspirations, whether they be social, cultural, environmental or economic.
Whenua Advisory Services
Dedicated staff across Te Tai Tokerau (Northland) Waiariki (Bay of Plenty) and Te Tairāwhiti (East Coast) can provide on-the-ground advice and support for Māori freehold land owners.
The role of the service is to provide specialised and customised support that empowers Māori landowners to move forward on their development journey.
Tupu.nz is a one-stop shop for information about whenua Māori. You can access tool, resources and reports about Māori land blocks at www.tupu.nz. The website also explores ways you can better connect, look after and develop your whenua.
Te Ture Whenua Whenua Māori Act
Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 is the governing legislation for Māori land, upholding the protection of whenua for future generations while supporting its current use and development.
Amendments to Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993
In August 2020, the Government passed Te Ture Whenua Māori (Succession, Dispute Resolution, and Related Matters) Amendment Act to make it easier for Māori land owners to connect with and use their whenua. The changes come into force on 6 February 2021.
Proposed changes to the rating of Māori land
The Local Government (Rating of Whenua Māori) Amendment Bill was introduced into Parliament in February 2020. The proposed changes are a major step forward in reducing the rating barriers for owners of Māori freehold land and encouraging the greater use, occupation and development of whenua Māori.
To keep up to date with the Bill’s progress, go here.
The Ahuwhenua Trophy celebrates excellence in Māori farming. Te Puni Kōkiri is the proud platinum sponsor of this prestigious award which was established by Sir Apirana Ngata and Governor-General Lord Bledisloe in 1933.
Find out more information on the Ahuwhenua Trophy here.
Whenua Māori Fund
With the support of the Whenua Māori Fund, whānau Māori are exploring and fulfilling their aspirations for Māori freehold land. The Fund is supporting Māori land owners to improve their existing operations, explore new opportunities for their land or diversify.