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LAWS455 Māori Land Law

Legal issues concerning Māori land holding, including occupation and use.

Issues explored in this paper include the economic and business opportunities afforded to owning and managing Māori land, including the implications for building on Māori land and raising finance; the role of tikanga Māori in utilising and retaining Māori land; restricted testamentary freedom and relationship property issues unique to Māori land; Māori land trusts, and title reconstruction issues concerning partition, easements and landlocked land. The expanding jurisdiction of the Māori Land Court is discussed, including discussion in the context of the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act and proposed amendments.

Paper title Māori Land Law
Paper code LAWS455
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1
Points 15 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $710.30
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96 LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
Not all optional papers will be available in any given year.
Teaching staff

To be confirmed.


Course readings via eReserve.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students will be introduced to and gain an understanding of the legal principles applicable to Māori land and the broader jurisdiction of the Māori Land Court.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 11:00-12:50 9-13, 17-22