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Te kōrero Māori i Te Kōti Whenua Māori
Speaking te reo in the Māori Land Court

Ka āhei au ki te kōrero i te reo Māori i roto i te kōti?

Te Ture mō Te Reo Māori 2016, wehenga 7(1)

Āe. Ka āhei koe ki te kōrero Māori i ngā kōti katoa o Aotearoa i raro i te mana o te Ture mō Te Reo Māori. Kei a koe tēnei motika i te Kooti Whenua Māori me te Kooti Pīra Māori, heoi anō, e āhei ana koe ki te kōrero Māori i ngā kōti katoa o Aotearoa, tae atu ana ki te Kōti Matua, te Kōti ā-Rohe, te Kōti ā-Whānau me te Kōti Taiohi anō hoki.

Kia kitea ai te nuinga o ngā kōrero e pā ana ki tō motika ki te kōrero Māori i ngā kōti, tirohia te upoko, “Te reo Māori”.

Can I speak te reo Māori in court?

 Māori Language Act 2016, s 7(1)

Yes. The Māori Language Act 2016 gives you the right to speak te reo in all courts in New Zealand. This means you can speak te reo not only in the Māori Land Court/ Te Kooti Whenua Māori and the Māori Appellate Court/ Te Kooti Pīra Māori – but also in all other courts such as the High Court, the District Court, the Family Court and the Youth Court.

For more information about exercising your right to speak te reo in the courts, see: “Te reo Māori”.

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Māori Land Court

See the Māori Land Court website for application forms and information about Māori Land and the court’s role and processes.

Website: www.maorilandcourt.govt.nz
Download application forms online: www.maorilandcourt.govt.nz/our-application-process/come-in-apply-to-the-court/application-forms
Download information booklets online: www.maorilandcourt.govt.nz/about-mlc/publications
View the National Pānui online or subscribe online: www.maorilandcourt.govt.nz/national-panui

Ngāi Tahu Māori Law Centre

The Ngāi Tahu Māori Law Centre assists all Ngāi Tahu and all Māori living within the Ngāi Tahu rohe on Māori land law issues.

Website: www.ngaitahulaw.org.nz
Email: info@ngaitahulaw.org.nz
Phone: 0800 626 745

Pātaka Whenua

Pātaka Whenua is the new online customer portal that replaced Māori Land Online. This customer portal gives you the ability to submit an enquiry, access Māori land information and file a Court application.

Website:  www.customer.service.maorilandcourt.govt.nz
View the user guides on Pātaka Whenua online: www.māorilandcourt.govt.nz/contact-us/pātaka-whenua-our-new-online-portal

In the future you will be able to search for documents including Minutes and Orders. Until this is available online, you can access this information by emailing mlctewaharoa@justice.govt.nz or visiting your local Māori Land Court office.

Te Tumu Paeroa: Office of the Māori Trustee

Te Tumu Paeroa provide professional trustee services where the Māori Trustee has been appointed a role on a Māori Land Trust.

Website: www.tetumupaeroa.co.nz
Email: contact@tetumupaeroa.co.nz
Phone: 0800 943 682

Inland Revenue Department, Kaitakawaenga Māori service

Kaitakawaenga Māori provides support to any Māori individual or business wanting tax information, advice or training.

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

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