Uncontested Succession

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On 6 February 2021, changes to Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 came into effect to simplify the legal processes for owning, occupying and using Māori land. 

Historically, succession and trust applications were heard by a Māori Land Court judge. Now, if your succession or trust application is assessed to be 'simple and uncontested', then it can be decided by a Māori Land Court registrar without a court sitting (unless you request to be heard by a judge in a court sitting). This can save you the time and travel costs associated with attending a court sitting.

'Simple' applications are straight-forward, with no complicating factors.

Your application will be considered 'uncontested' when:

  • it has been notified according to Māori Land Court Rules; and
  • it has been published in the Māori Land Court's National Pānui; and
  • no one has objected to the application.

If at any stage your application is considered to not be 'simple and uncontested' a registrar will refer it to a judge to be heard.


It is important to include all relevant information in your application, including evidence you have notified those materially affected by your application.

If you prefer your application be decided in court by a judge, tick that option on the application form

The attached pdf is the application for succession when no grant of administration is held but there are other forms for the different types of succession that may also be treated as uncontested.

Information provided and available https://maorilandcourt.govt.nz/


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