The Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill sets out what the proposed new Māori Land Service might deliver. The Bill is premised on six important principles. They are:
- Māori land endures as a taonga tuku iho by virtue of whakapapa
- Tikanga Māori is central to matters involving Māori land
- Te Tiriti o Waitangi is central to the application of laws affecting Māori land
- Māori land owners have the right to decide how their land is used
- Māori land owners have the right to take advantage of opportunities to develop their land for the benefit of present and future generations of owners, their whānau, and their hapū
- Disputes involving Māori land should be managed in a manner that maintains and enhances relationships between the owners, and members of whānau and hapū.
With these principles in mind, the proposed Māori Land Service could help land owners choose the right governance structure for their needs and help land owners transition to that new entity.
The Māori Land Service could also register the decisions land owners make about governance and land utilisation, and maintain records of Māori land ownership and titles and registry information.
The Te Ratonga Whenua Māori Team, comprising of staff from Te Puni Kōkiri (TPK), the Māori Land Court (MLC) and Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), invite you to wānanga with us about the proposed Māori Land Service.
Wānanga are being organised to hear kōrero from Māori land owners about the proposed Māori Land Service and what an effective service might look like. The wānanga are an opportunity for you to tell them what you think the Māori Land Service should provide and how it should deliver those services. Your experience, insight and mātauranga will ensure that the proposed Māori Land Service is built upon the right foundations.