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Communtity Law Manual | Māori land | Jurisdiction of the Māori Land Court

The Māori Land Court

Jurisdiction of the Māori Land Court

Jurisdiction in relation to Māori land

Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993, ss 18-20, 131, 237

The Māori Land Court has the power to deal with a range of issues relating to Māori land, including:

  • the status of land
  • successions (transfer of ownership when an owner dies)
  • the selling or gifting (“alienation”) of Māori land
  • the administration of Māori land trusts
  • Māori land trusts, incorporations and reservations, and
  • partitions (subdivisions) and other title improvements.

Jurisdiction under other Acts

The Māori Land Court also has jurisdiction to hear cases under:

  • the Māori Fisheries Act 2004
  • the Māori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Act 2004, and
  • a number of other Acts.
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