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Communtity Law Manual | Māori land | Combining separate landholdings: Amalgamation and aggregation orders

Partitions (subdivisions) and other title improvements

Combining separate landholdings: Amalgamation and aggregation orders

An amalgamation or aggregation order can be made for Māori freehold land, Māori customary land or General land owned by Māori (see “Status of Māori land” in this chapter).

Amalgamation: Creating a single title

Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993, s 307

The Māori Land Court can make an amalgamation order placing two or more areas of land under a new combined title if the court is satisfied that the land can be more conveniently worked or dealt with in common ownership under one title. The order cancels the original separate titles.

Aggregation: Common ownership of separate titles

Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993, s 308

If the Māori Land Court is satisfied that two or more areas of land could be more conveniently worked or dealt with if they were held in common ownership, but that there’s no reason to cancel the existing titles, it can make an aggregation order giving ownership of the areas of land to all the owners together (that is, the owners in “aggregate”).

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