Maori Owned Assets

Brookfields has over many years provided legal services to Iwi, Māori land owners and others dealing with issues relating to assets owned or controlled by Māori. Arrangements for the Māori ownership and control of assets are unique in our country as they carry alongside them a range of cultural values that must be protected.

The Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 sets out the rights, powers and duties of those dealing with Māori land. Alongside that statute is a body of trust law which cannot be overlooked when dealing with Māori land. Not only are whanau issues critical, but there are governance and structuring issues that are relevant to the structuring of holdings.

In addition to its dealings with Māori land, Brookfields assists Māori corporations in their day to day dealings including transactions intended to implement Te Tiriti O Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi) settlements.

We also give advice to both Māori and local government on obligations under Te Tiriti O Waitangi, and consultation with iwi in resource management, local government, and public law areas.

We can advise on:

  • Māori land issues, including development, partition and occupation;
  • Ownership structures such as trusts and Maori incorporations
  • Governance structures
  • Succession
  • The sale and purchase and leasing of Māori land
  • Resource Management matters
  • Consultation with tangata whenua, including under the Local Government Act 2002 and the Resource Management Act 1991.

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