Earlier this year, Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced the Government’s Whenua Māori Programme to address the complex and challenging regulatory environment that Māori freehold landowners deal with. The Government has committed $56.1 million over four years to address this.
A recent costs judgment in the High Court undertook an analysis of Rule 14.7(e) of the High Court Rules 2016 which allows the Court to refuse to make an order for costs if the matter is not the public interest. Justice Whata held that this rule does not apply where a dispute is based primarily upon competing claims by two iwi to the same land.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced the allocation of $100 million from the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund to support Māori economic development. The allocation is intended to help build prosperity for Māori and to help unlock the economic potential of Māori in the regions.
In this article, we outline the changes to the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) in relation to iwi participation in policy statements (statements) and plan changes which took effect on 19 April 2017.