Māori land is important – for you and your whānau

If you own Māori land, it's because it's been passed to you from your tūpuna – and in turn you'll pass it on to your tamariki or mokopuna. It's connected to your whānau, a link between the past and the future.

It's important that you contribute to looking after your land right now – Māori land needs to be sustained, enhanced and protected for future generations. Our role is to support the kaitiakitanga of owners over their land.

What you can do right now as a land owner

Being a land owner can involve contributing to decisions on how the land is managed. That can mean a bit of effort, such as attending land owner meetings, reading updates, or getting closely involved and becoming an advisory trustee. Here's how you can get started (if we are looking after your land):

  • Find out when your next meeting of land owners is. Attending a meeting is a great way to find out what's been happening on your land. Have a look at the schedule of upcoming meetings.
  • Make sure that we have the correct contact details for you. If we have the right details we can send you land updates and pay out any funds we're holding for you. Confirm your contact details now.
  • Talk to your whānau about their land. Keep them up-to-date, encourage them to confirm their contact details and help them to get involved too.
  • Sign up for regular updates on your land. If you want regular news about your land delivered to your inbox, sign up for My Whenua. It's an online service that gives each piece of land a secure website where we publish new records and info.

How we can help land owners

We're here to make your mahi as a land owner a little easier, and to support you and the other owners in making the best use of your land. Depending on our role for a particular land block, we might assist by:

  • keeping accurate records and running land owner meetings
  • establishing governance and handling the necessary paperwork
  • assisting with finding new ways to fund land developments
  • putting your land to use, through development or leasing it (eg tendering a lease)
  • distributing income to land owners.