4 Jun 2014

Maori trust capability questioned

7:30 am on 4 June 2014

A Maori business says the Government's revamp of rules around Maori land are a step in the right direction but won't fix the real problem of capability in Maori trusts.

A rewrite of the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act is taking place to help utilise the 1.2 million hectares of Maori land which is under-performing.

Chris Karamea Insley of iwi development company 37 Degrees South said the review would tidy up the structures and laws but it would not drive the development of Maori land.

He said the Maori trusts and incorporations which hold large scale assets didn't have the capability, staffing or technical expertise to get the job done.

Mr Insley said while the review was helpful, it wouldn't address the capability problems within trust and corporations and therefore was not a solution.

The new bill wasn't expected to be finalised until the end of next year.