Investing in whānau and whenua
Earlier this year, Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced the Government’sMāori 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.
Minister Nanaia Mahuta says that the “focus is on stimulating social and economic development through the 1.4 million hectares ofMāori that remains in Māori freehold title”.
TheMāori Programme is a strategic investment into Māori freehold landowners and their and the development of Māori. It recognises the need for a range of support to assist Māori landowners achieving their aspirations for their .
Other key initiatives are:
- Regional Advisory Services in Te Tai Tokerau, Waiariki, and Te Tairāwhiti to provide specialised support that assists Māori landowners to progress their development goals
- A Knowledge Hub & Website that provides up-to-date land information to support investment, planning and landowner aspirations
- New, modernised and enhanced Māori Land Court technology that will support future legislative changes and greater online functionality
- Amendments to Te Ture Māori Act 1993
- New and improved Court Services
The Government will introduce amendments to Te TureMāori Act 1993 into Parliament later this year. The amendments will focus on improving services in the Māori Land Court, simplifying the succession process and establishing a dispute resolution mechanism.
Justice Minister Andrew Little says the changes proposed to the Māori Land Court will better support landowners to Access-to-Justice Services. He says that “the introduction of a-focussed dispute resolution service offers Māori landowners a way to settle matters outside of a formal court hearing.”
Minister Nanaia Mahuta says that “this is an exciting and ambitious programme that I expect will significantly lift the intergenerational wellbeing of Māori landowners, their descendants and their regions for many years to come.”
For more information about the click here.Māori Programme,
Kuru is a Solicitor in our Māori Legal Team and can be contacted on 07 958 7574.
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