Confirming or changing land status

You can apply to the Māori Land Court to:

All current Māori freehold land would normally have a status order confirming or changing its status to Māori Freehold land.

Determine the current status of land

For the purposes of our Act, all land has a certain status type:

  • Māori customary land
  • Māori freehold land
  • General land
  • General land owned by Māori
  • Crown land
  • Crown land reserved for Māori

Where you have reason to be concerned about the status of any land, you can apply to ask the court to determine its current status.

For Māori customary land, we are only able to confirm its current status (as customary land or not) – you can’t currently change other land to customary land.

To seek a status declaration, we will ask you:

  1. to fill in an application for determination of status on our general form of application
    Form 1 - General form of application [PDF, 122 KB]
  2. also include:
    1. any title information – such as a LINZ or Māori Land Court title
    2. any court orders which apply to the status of the land
    3. any transfers which affect the ownership or title of the land
    4. any other documents to support your request for status declaration
  3. file your completed application with the court and pay the filing fee of $20

If the title to your land differs from the status we have recorded, or you have received a ‘Māori Land Flag’ notification from your lawyer or Land Information New Zealand, you should read about maintaining LINZ titles and parcels

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Change of status: General to Māori

You may make an application to us to change the status of your general land to Māori freehold land.

When making this type of application, we ask that you also supply:

  • a copy of the current Land Information New Zealand Title (sometimes referred to as a certificate of title, provisional title, computer freehold title or computer interest title)
  • details of any interests registered against the title (such as a mortgage, caveat or charge)
  • details of any outstanding debts on the land (such as outstanding rates)
  • details and contact information for the owners
  • evidence of the support of the owners to the status change.

To seek a status change from general to Māori land, we will ask you:

  1. to fill in an application for status change from general to Māori land on our general form of application
    Form 1 - General form of application [PDF, 122 KB]
  2. also include:
    1. copies of the current LINZ title
    2. details of any outstanding debts associated with the land
    3. consent of any person or organisation who holds a debt or caveat over the land
    4. contact details of owners
    5. evidence to show support of the owners to a status change.
  3. file your completed application with the court and pay the filing fee of $20

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Change the status of Māori land to general land

You may make an application to us to change the status of your Māori land to general land.

When making this type of application, we ask that you also supply:

  • a copy of the current LINZ Title (sometimes referred to as a certificate of title, provisional title, computer freehold title or computer interest title)
  • details of any interests registered against the title (such as a mortgage, caveat or charge)
  • details of any outstanding debts on the land (such as outstanding rates)
  • details and contact information for the owners (and any trustees)
  • evidence of the support of the owners to the status change
  • evidence to demonstrate why the land could be better managed as general land.

Our Act recognises Māori land as a taonga which is handed from generation to generation. So any application to change that status from Māori land to general land is handled seriously.

To seek a status change from Māori land to general land, we will ask you:

  1. to fill in an application for status change from Māori land to general land on our general form of application –
    Form 1 - General form of application [PDF, 122 KB]
  2. also include:
    1. copies of the current LINZ title
    2. details of any interests registered against the title and contact information for those persons holding an interest
    3. details of any outstanding debts associated with the land
    4. consent of any person or organisation who holds a debt or caveat over the land
    5. contact details of owners
    6. evidence to show support of the owners to a status change
    7. evidence to show support of your whānau and descendants for a status change
    8. evidence to demonstrate that the land could be better managed as general land.
  3. file your completed application with the court and pay the filing fee of $60

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