Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Minita Whanaketanga Māori
Minister for Māori Development
21 May 2018PĀNUI PĀPĀHO
$7 million for Whenua Māori Programme
As part of the Government’s commitment to fit-for-purpose services for Māori land owners, $7 million has been set aside
as contingency for the Whenua Māori Programme in Budget ’18.
“Unlocking the potential from whenua for whānau is a critical part of achieving the Government’s vision of a thriving
regional Aotearoa,” says the Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta.
This funding will support the design, establishment and on-going delivery of services for owners of Māori freehold land.
“Supporting whānau interests in Māori freehold land, succession, strengthening governance capability, improving access
to information and research, providing more opportunities for Māori land owners to network and share knowledge,
providing access to specialist skills and technical experts and connecting Māori land owners to capital opportunities –
these are the challenges and opportunities associated with Māori freehold land.
“The funding can be drawn down once Cabinet has had an opportunity to consider options for responding to the challenges
associated with Māori freehold land and agreed on a way forward. Further investment in the Whenua Māori Programme will
be subject to future Cabinet decisions.
“Clearly there is a need for a range of services to better support Māori land owners to tap into the full potential of
their land. I’m working through those options alongside some targeted legislative amendments to facilitate greater
engagement of Māori with their whenua,” says Nanaia Mahuta.
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