Search Māori Land - Form 19


Searching for Māori land interests can be quite the journey all on it's own! Here are some important tips to remember and the form you need when you are wanting to get started.

There are 3 main things that are needed to assist with successful land search results and the more information you are able to provide, the more likely you are to get results.

1. Owners Name

This would seem such an obvious requirement but even in todays society we can be known by more than one name. Think of the alias, nicknames, maiden names, alternate marriages and wherever possible include the middle name/s if known. Also consider whether their name was changed from Māori to English or vice versa e.g. Hone - John, Raumati - Summers and so on. It is one of the most common reasons for missing initial land interests when applying for succession.

2. Block Name

Although you may not know the precise details including Lot number or Deposited plan etc, what may have been discussed around the whanau could be the area or the Block Name itself e.g Puketapu or Whakapoungakau etc. If you have an idea, include these details so a search can be made specific to these blocks.

3. Māori Land Court District

Sometimes blocks in different districts may have the same or similar block names. For example, the block name Puketapu appears both in Taranaki and in Turangi. For this reason it can be important to advise if known the District of the blocks you are searching for.

Additional Info: There have been (and still are) processes that have changed the original sizes, block names and ownerships that were originally granted to Māori. These processes are shares, partitions, consolidations, and Europeanisation of titles.

Land Information New Zealand holds a variety of land information and records.

Maori Land Online is an accessible resource to get started with trying names, blocks and districts without having to submit a form for searching with the Maori Land Court. The form below can be completed and submitted to get assistance from the Maori Land Court staff.

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