17 May 2013

Maori land laws submissions extended

7:20 pm on 17 May 2013

Whanau and land owners have been given more time to have their say about proposed changes to the Maori land laws.

Submissions on a review of the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act were due on Friday 17 May, but that has been extended to June 14.

A spokesperson for Te Puni Kokiri says feedback suggests more time is needed for whanau to make submissions.

The discussion document gives more decision-making power to what's described as an 'engaged' owner and reduces the involvement of the Maori Land Court.

Maori freehold land stands at 1.42 million hectares, however 80% of that land is currently under used or under performing.