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Te Ture Whenua Maori Act is to be overhauled – Waatea
The Government has appointed an expert panel to review the act which governs the 5 percent of land still in Maori ownership.
It will be chaired by lawyer Matanuku Mahuika of Ngati Porou, and includes lawyer and Paraninihi ki Waitotara management committee member Tokorangi Kapea, PKW Chief Executive Dion Tuuta and businesswoman and Film Commission chair Patsy Reddy.
Associate Maori Affairs Minister Christopher Finlayson says the aim is to unlock the economic potential of Maori land for its beneficiaries, while preserving its cultural significance for future generations.
He says as Treaty Negotiations Minister he has seen issues affecting the performance of Maori land, including the cost of complying with the current act and the processes of the Maori Land Court.
The panel will report in December.