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Communtity Law Manual | Māori land | Building on and occupying Māori land

Building on and occupying Māori land


Particularly given the current high cost of housing, Māori are today often seeking to live on their land, whether by building on it or by buying or relocating an existing house. This section discusses some of the key issues and requirements, including:

  • obtaining approval from the Māori Land Court to occupy the land (occupation orders, leases, and occupation licences)
  • meeting local council requirements for new building projects
  • obtaining home-loan finance through the kāinga whenua loan scheme.
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