Unlocking Whenua Māori
The Government will invest in unlocking the unused potential of Māori-owned land as part of the 2019 Wellbeing Budget.
This investment will be used to roll out an advisory service for Māori landowners to help them develop plans to utilise their land and resources and support whānau aspirations.
Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta says the Whenua Māori programme will initially focus on three regions: Te Tai Tokerau, Waikato-Waiariki and Tairāwhiti.
"At present, the challenge of navigating the minefield of complex rules and regulations around the whenua means that there are significant barriers for Māori land owners.
Nanaia Mahuta says there will be legislative amendments to Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 and improved technology, but at the heart of the reforms are the new regional advisory services. The government will invest $56 million of operating and capital funding in this programme over the next four years.
"Current research shows that 600,000 hectares, nearly 40 per cent of Māori land, is underdeveloped. We simply have to do better for our tamariki," Nanaia Mahuta says.