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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.
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.
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.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Students will need to become familiar with the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993- www.legislation.govt.nz
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.
R, Boast et al;
Maori Land Law
Tikanga Maori (revised edition): Living by Maori values
Huia Publishers, 2016.
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.
Buying the Land, Selling the Land
Victoria University Press, 2008.
The Native/Maori Land Court Volume 3 Collectivism Land Development and the Law 1910-1953
Thomson Reuters, 2019.
Required Reading:The Māori Land Court: https://www.maorilandcourt.govt.nz/your-maori-land/Maori Land Online: https://www.maorilandonline.govt.nz/gis/home.htmRecommended 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: https://www.tpk.govt.nz/enTe Puni Kōkiri Ko Ngā Tūmanako o Ngā Tāngata Whai Whenua Māori (Aspirations Report) 2011.
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.
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Faculty of Law