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The hearing

Do I need to appear at the hearing?

Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993, s 70

If you’re the applicant you can appear at the hearing with any support people you want to bring with you. You have the right to appear in the court in person, or you can be represented by a lawyer or, if the court allows it, some other person.

Note: Contact your case manager at the court if you’re unable to appear or if you want someone else to appear for you.

Do I need a lawyer to apply for me or to appear for me at the hearing?

No, not necessarily. You may need a lawyer or other official to witness parts of your application or if you have to swear an affidavit.

The court staff will let you know if you may need a lawyer for your particular kind of application.

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Where to go for more support

Community Law


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


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


Find information about the Māori Land Court online.



Download application forms online.

Information booklets


Download or view information booklets online.

National Pānui


View the National Pānui online or subscribe online.

Māori Land Online


Search for Māori land interests online.

Te Tumu Paeroa: Office of the Māori Trustee


Search online for funds owing to beneficial owners.

Inland Revenue Department, Kaitakawaenga Māori service


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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