21 May 2013

Future of Maori Land Court questioned

8:27 am on 21 May 2013

A Wellington lawyer says it's worth reconsidering the future of the Maori Land Court.

The Government is seeking feedback on proposals to streamline rules governing Maori land, as part of a review of Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993.

Maori landholdings stand at 1.42 million hectares, however 80% is under-performing, or not being used at all.

The review seeks to reduce the oversight of the Maori Land Court to change this.

Partner at Rainey Collins, James Johnston, says going to court to make decisions for you or on your behalf is something from the past.

He believes as the Maori economy improves and skills get better, there will be less of a role for a third party to oversee land development.

Submissions close on 14 June.