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Communtity Law Manual | Māori land | Free mediation through the Māori Land Court

The Māori Land Court

Free mediation through the Māori Land Court

You can have free mediation to resolve disputes

Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993, Part 3A

Judges and registrars can refer you to free mediation instead of continuing with a court hearing. Mediation gives parties a space to meet and discuss the issues, and come to an agreement about the best way forward.

The mediation is always voluntary and confidential. The judge will appoint one or two mediators, who will help the parties come to a solution. The parties will all agree to the tikanga of the process at the start.

If the parties can’t agree after mediation, a judge can step back in and make decisions, or suggest another round of mediation.

You can contact the registrar to apply for mediation, or it might be suggested to you later on after you make an application through the court.

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