Rainey Collins Partner Peter Johnston provided an expert analysis on the recommendations to review Te Ture Whenua Māori (Land) Act 1993 at the recent Annual Māori Legal Forum held in Auckland.

His paper and presentation focussed on the practical implications arising from the recommendations for Māori land owners and for those wishing to deal with or enter in to commercial arrangements with owners of Māori land.

In introducing Peter the forum Chair Linda Te Aho noted that the review was one of the ‘hottest topics at the moment’ and an issue of utmost significance for all Maori, Iwi, Hapu and Whānau. It is also a major topic for those wishing to do business with Māori.

The importance of the topic was made clear by Peter’s presentation covering two full sessions of the Legal Forum which was attended by representatives of various groups including iwi, hapu, whānau, business, tertiary institutions and local authorities.

Peter urged attendees to provide feedback to the review panel recommendations which will have substantial implications for decision making, land utilisation, effective governance and commercial arrangements moving forward.

Please do not hesitate to contact Peter on pjohnston@raineycollins.co.nz should you require a copy of his presentation.