LAWS391-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

Maori Land Law

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


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 utilisation of Māori land.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of the course, students will be able to:
  • Understand and explain customary Māori concepts and customary 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 jurisdiction of the Māori Land Court;
  • Describe and critically analyse ways in which the law best meet the needs of owners, trustees and custodians 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.


Timetable 2022

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 11:00 Meremere 105 Lecture Theatre
21 Feb - 27 Mar
4 Apr - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Adrienne Paul

Students will need to become familiar with the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993-


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Reflection 1 11 Mar 2022 5%
Online Quiz 26 Mar 2022 10%
Compulsory Maori Land Court Hearing 05 May 2022
Essay 06 May 2022 30%
Reflection 2 13 May 2022 5%
Final Exam 50%

Assessment is likely to consist of an online quiz, essay, compulsory Māori Land Court hearing and a final exam.

The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

R, Boast et al; Maori Land Law ; 2nd edition; LexisNexis, 2004.

S, Mead; Tikanga Maori (revised edition): Living by Maori values ; Huia Publishers, 2016.

Recommended Reading

D, Williams; Te Kooti Tango Whenua ; Huia Publishers, 1999.

New Zealand Law Commission; Maori Custom and Values in New Zealand Law ; Study paper 9; Law Commission, 2001.

R, Boast; Buying the Land, Selling the Land ; Victoria University Press, 2008.

R, Boast; The Native/Maori Land Court Volume 3 Collectivism Land Development and the Law 1910-1953 ; Thomson Reuters, 2019.

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

Recommended reading:
Brookers Māori Legislation Handbook (Thomson Reuters, Wellington, 2021)

Other Reading:  
Royal Commission on Māori Land Courts The Māori Land Courts: Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry 1980 (Wellington: Government Printers, 1980).
Te Puni Kōkiri – Ministry of Māori Development:
Te Puni Kōkiri Ko Ngā Tūmanako o Ngā Tāngata Whai Whenua Māori (Aspirations Report) 2011.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $845.00

International fee $4,313.00

* 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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