Māori Land Court

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Māori Land Court Counters open! Under the COVID-19 Protection Framework - Orange setting, the Maori Land Court counters will be open from Tuesday 19 April 2022. Where email or postal filing is not possible, Court applications and documents may be filed in person. Measures will be in place at our counters to ensure appropriate social distancing.

 COVID-19 UPDATE: The Māori Land Court has set protocols outlining how the Court will operate under the COVID-19 Protection Framework.

LEGISLATION UPDATE: Changes to Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 came into force on 6 February 2021. These changes introduce new and improved Māori Land Court services. Find out more here:

New Māori Land Court services and legislation changes


Haere mai rā e te moko tangata, koutou ngā wehi o te whenua.
Hokahōkai ana ō waewae ki te pakirau o tēnei whare, awhe mai ana ki te hau kainga, ki te pou herenga tangata, ki te pou herenga whenua, ki te pou whare kōrero, ki te pae o Te Kooti e.
Ka tūwhera Te Kooti!

If you own or have an interest in Māori land, the Māori Land Court is a judicial forum through which you can interact with other owners or interested people about the current and future use, ownership, occupation and/or management of Māori land.

  • COVID-19 Information »

    The Māori Land Court has set protocols outlining how the Court will operate under the COVID-19 Protection Framework and provide information on Relief for Māori Land entities, under the COVID-19 Response (Management Measures) Legislation Act 2021 which amended the 2020 Act and created new relief period running from 3 November 2021 to 30 April 2022.

  • Your Māori land  »

    What is Māori land and how the transfer of shares from a deceased owner to their descendants and beneficiaries works.

  • Apply to the court »

    How to make an application to the Māori Land Court and Māori Appellate Court, including the fees and what to expect once you've made your application.

  • About the Māori Land Court »

    Our role is to provide a court service for owners of Māori land, their whānau and their hapū to promote the retention and use of Māori land & facilitates the occupation, development and use of that land.

  • Legislation, decisions & practice notes »

    The legislation under which we operate, plus find our judgments for the Māori Land Court and the Māori Appellate Court.

  • Contact us »

    We have 9 regional offices around the country, you can contact us or drop in - you don't need an appointment.

  • SILNA - Hāwea/Wānaka »

    The Māori Land Court has released an updated working list of potential owners entitled to the Hāwea/Wānaka Substitute Land (Section 2 of 5 Block XIV Lower Wanaka Survey District) under Section 15 of the Ngāi Tahu Deed of Settlement 1997.

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