April 2013 Māori Law Review

Review of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 – discussion document March 2013

The panel of experts reviewing Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 has released a discussion document and invited submissions by 17 May 2013. The review panel proposes five integrated measures that it considers will improve the likelihood of Māori land being used more effectively.

  • Utilisation of Māori land should be able to be determined by a majority of engaged owners;
  • All Māori land should be capable of utilisation and effective administration;
  • Māori land should have effective, fit for purpose, governance;
  • There should be an enabling institutional framework to support owners of Māori land to make decisions and resolve any disputes;
  • Excessive fragmentation of Māori land should be discouraged.

Download the panel's discussion document here (PDF 1.2 MB).

The proposals are far reaching. Tom Bennion has looked at the panel's work in the May 2013 issue of the Māori Law Review.