Trusts Act 2019

In July 2019, the Government passed the Trusts Act 2019, replacing the Trustee Act 1956 from 30 January 2021.

This new Act sets out the core principles and default rules for trusts, including trusts created under Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993.

This law change represents the first major reform of trust law in Aotearoa New Zealand for 70 years.

The changes affect all trusts, including Māori land trusts created through the Māori Land Court (such as ahu whenua, kaitiaki, and whānau trusts) and existing trusts established before the law came into force.

To find out more about the impact of the law change on your trust, see:

Factsheet Trusts Act 2019 - Impact on trusts [PDF, 68 KB]

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