The succession process is an important part of the journey of our clients. We’re exploring how we can make succession easier for everyone.

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We estimated that between 400,000 and 1.5 million ownership interests in Māori land have not been succeeded to through the Māori Land Court.

Through our latest project we’re exploring how we can make succession easier for everyone.

About succession

Succession is the process to transfer shares in Māori land when an owner dies. Who can succeed to Māori land is set out in Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993. There are legal limitations about who can succeed to ownership to ensure that ownership is retained by people who whakapapa to the land. The Māori Land Court is responsible for making decisions about ownership of Māori land according to the Act.

About our project

Our succession project, which started early this year, aims to help whānau maintain their legal connection to the whenua. We're identifying a number of drivers and barriers that help or hinder people as they go through the process, so that we can better support our clients – past, present and future.

So far, we've held three workshops to identify some of the things that make succession easier or hard. We now want to understand the barriers and drivers that have been identified in these workshops and that’s where you can help up.

Survey about succession now closed

Our Communications and Marketing Manager, Sara Passmore, is focusing on succession for her Masters of Business Administration final business research project. The survey hos now closed. The findings of this research will be used to improve the services and information we provide so that the legal connection to Māori land is maintained from generation to generation.