The Māori Affairs Committee is calling for submissions on Te Ture Whenua Maori (Succession, Dispute Resolution, and Related Matters) Amendment Bill.
Details about the bill and how to make a submission are on the parliament website. Anyone can make a submission.
The closing date for submissions is Tuesday, 26 November 2019
The bill seeks to ensure that law governing Māori land works better for whānau. It aims to do this by reducing the complexity and compliance requirements that Māori encounter when they enter a court process regarding Māori land.
The bill includes a number of amendments to Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993. The Act provides a legislative framework for Māori land tenure by supporting owners of Māori land to retain, develop and use their land.
The amendments aim to:
- simplify the succession process
- establish a dispute resolution process based on tikanga Māori
- improve the way the Māori Land Court functions
- improve Māori housing tenure.