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Succession: Transfer of ownership when an owner dies

Overview

What is “succession”?

Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993, ss 113, 117, 118

Succession is where an interest in land (including shares in Māori land) is transferred from a person who has died to the people who are entitled to take the deceased person’s property (the “successors”).

With Māori land, an order from the Māori Land Court is necessary to transfer the deceased person’s land interests to his or her successors.

Note: A succession order is not the same thing as a “vesting order”, which transfers the ownership of land interests from one living person to another (see “Alienation: Selling, gifting and other land transactions” in this chapter).

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Community Law

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Your local Community Law Centre can provide free initial legal advice and can help you apply to the Māori Land Court.

Ngāi Tahu Māori Law Centre

www.ngaitahulaw.org.nz

The Ngāi Tahu Māori Law Centre assists all Ngāi Tahu and all Māori living within the Ngāi Tahu rohe. They practise in Māori land law and in advocacy focused on kaupapa Māori.

Māori Land Court

www.justice.govt.nz/courts/maori-land-court

Find information about the Māori Land Court online.

Forms

www.maorilandcourt.govt.nz/apply/

Download application forms online.

Information booklets

www.maorilandcourt.govt.nz/about-mlc/publications

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National Pānui

www.maorilandcourt.govt.nz/about-mlc/publications/national-panui/#national-panui

View the National Pānui online or subscribe online.

Māori Land Online

www.maorilandonline.govt.nz

Search for Māori land interests online.

Te Tumu Paeroa: Office of the Māori Trustee

www.tetumupaeroa.co.nz

Search online for funds owing to beneficial owners.

Inland Revenue Department, Kaitakawaenga Māori service

www.ird.govt.nz/contactus/kaitakawaenga-maori

This service offers one-on-one tax advice; tax training or seminars; tax agencies at resource centres or marae; and school visits. This service will attend hui or come to you and provide other advice about your tax obligations.

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