September 18, 2015
Maori Land Information Service taking shape
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has had discussions with other ministers about a closer working relationship between the Maori Land Court and Land Information New Zealand as part of of a new Maori Land Information Service.
Maori Land Court judges have questioned reforms in Mr Flavell’s Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill, which they say will people making decisions about Maori land will no longer have the benefit of the oversight of a specialist court.
Mr Flavell says the role of the court will definitely change so owners make decisions on routine matters rather than judges.
The court will still be needed for high level disputes and to keep records of Maori land.
"The record keeping in the Maori Land Court is a little bit behind in terms of the technology and we also have a big organization called LINZ. Does it mean we are going to amalgamate the two? No. Discussion is ongoing around that but we are certainly reshaping a Maori land service that our people tell us should be a one stop shop that allows them to get information about not only their land but the opportunities that might come from the putea that could be available to them and so on," he says.
Te Ururoa Flavell says he met last month with Attorney General Christopher Finlayson and Land Information Minister Louise Upston about what the Maori Land Information Service might look like.
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