The Māori Purposes Bill 2021

Published on Friday, 25 June 2021

A Māori Purposes Bill is an omnibus bill that amends one or more Acts relating to Māori Affairs or deals with authorisations, transfers, and validations in respect of Māori land and property.

On 29 January 2021, a Māori Purposes Bill was submitted for inclusion on the 2021 Legislation Programme. The Bill has a category 4 priority, to be referred to Select Committee in 2021. The amendments proposed in the Bill will contribute to Māori wellbeing and development by:

  1. Providing Māori entities with greater autonomy and greater decision making
  2. Addressing previous technical issues within Legislation related to Māori Affairs
  3. Reducing administrative compliance

Potential provisions for the Bill include amendments to the following legislation:

  • Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993
  • Māori Purposes Act 1959
  • Māori Trust Boards Act 1955
  • Māori Community Development Act 1962

The final content of the Bill will not be known until all relevant decisions have been made.  Once the Bill is introduced, Te Puni Kōkiri will proactively release the Cabinet Paper.

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