LAWS391-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Maori Land Law

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


An introduction to the law relating to Maori land and related resources.

An examination of the legal principles applicable to Māori Land; the history of Māori land legislation; present laws and practices; the effective utilisation of Māori Land; and proposals for future utilisation.

Learning Outcomes

  • A successful student will, by the end of this course, be able to:

  • Understand and explain customary Māori concepts and land tenure;
  • Describe and apply legal principles relevant to Māori Land;
  • Describe and critically analyse the history of Māori land legislation;
  • Describe and critically analyse the history, functions, duties and practical workings of the Māori Land Court;
  • Describe and critically analyse ways in which the law and the Māori Land Court might best meet the needs of owners, trustees, and custodians of Māori land.
  • Develop skills to provide effective, practical and feasible advice to whanau, hapū and iwi for the utilisation and management of Māori land.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Adrienne Paul


Michael Quinn (Technical Advisor for the Maori Land Court)


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay 26 Mar 2020 25%
Compulsory Maori Land Court Hearing 06 May 2021
Online Quiz 12 May 2021 15%
Final Exam 60%

Assessment may consist of an essay and a test (Open Book). The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Note: Assignments, tests and examinations will be assessed only once. Resubmissions or resits are not permitted.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Boast, Richard; The Native/Māori Land Court : collectivism, land development and the law ; Thomson Reuters, 2019.

Boast, Richard; Māori land law ; 2nd ed; LexisNexis, 2004.

Recommended Reading

Boast, Richard; Buying the land, selling the land : governments and Māori land in the North Island 1865-1921 ; Victoria University Press : Victoria University of Wellington Law Review, 2008.

Mead, Sidney M; Tikanga Māori : living by Māori values ; Revised edition; Huia Publishers, 2016.

New Zealand. , McCarthy, Thaddeus Pearcey; The Maori land courts : report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry, 1980 ; Govt. Printer, 1980.

Williams, David V; 'Te Kooti tango whenua' : The Native Land Court 1864-1909 ; Huia Publishers, 1999.

All recommended texts will be available in the library. Students are not required to purchase texts. The course coordinator will provide an introduction to the recommended texts at the start of the course.

Required Reading:
The Māori Land Court:
Maori Land Online:

Recommended Reading:
Te Puni Kōkiri Ko Ngā Tūmanako o Ngā Tāngata Whai Whenua Māori (Aspirations Report) 2011;
New Zealand Law Society Māori Land Update Conference Proceedings 2009

Other Reading:
Māori Custom and Values in New Zealand Law Law Commission Study Paper 9 (Wellington 2001);  
He Hinatore ki te Ao Māori/ A Glimpse into the Māori World Ministry of Justice (Wellington 2001);
Māori Law Review Tom Bennion (Editor), Wellington, New Zealand, 1994
Te Puni Kokiri – Ministry of Māori Development:

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $831.00

International fee $4,200.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Faculty of Law .

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