October 16, 2019
Simpler steps for Māori land management
People have been given just 40 days to make submissions to the Māori affairs select committee on reforms aimed at simplifying the process of succeeding to Māori land .
Te Ture Whenua Māori (Succession, Dispute Resolution, and Related Matters) Amendment Bill will also establish a dispute resolution process based on tikanga Māori and improve the way the Māori Land Court functions.
It focuses on some of the critical gaps identified during the heated debate about the previous National-Māori Party Government’s attempt to completely rewrite Māori land law.
Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta says one bill won’t do everything that’s needed.
"I think the changes need to be seen alongside other proposed changes I will be bringing into the House around the Rating Act and the Public Works Act, those are coming shortly, in relation to the support we are giving the Māori land Court, especially to have access to good information and data about land capability," she says.
Nanaia Mahuta says on the ground Te Puni Kōkiri staff are working with landowners to help them decide what governance structures they need to put in place to manage their land.
Submissions close on November 26.
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