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Building on Maori land

Building on Maori land

If you are planning to build on Maori land there are several things you need to consider.

1. Do you need resource consent?

Your building may need resource consent depending on the type of development and land zoning. The Tauranga District Plan and the proposed City Plan set out rules for land use and subdivision activities in Tauranga. Contact Council’s duty planner at the start of your project to find out whether you need resource consent.

2. Building Consent

You will need a building consent for your building. If you also need resource consent you may like to apply for your building consent at the same time so they can be processed together.

3. Do you have evidence of the right to build on the land?

For the Building Consent, you will need to provide Council with information about your site to be able to build on Maori land. You will also need to provide either a licence to occupy (given by the trustees), an occupation order or a Hapu Partition (issued by the Maori Land Court).

4. Development Contributions

If you receive approval to build you will be required to pay development contributions and financial contributions when your building consent is issued. These are contributions towards the cost to Council of building infrastructure to accommodate growth within Tauranga City.

Guide to the process - Building on Maori Land Brochure (6.81mb pdf)

This brochure gives guidance to Maori land owners wanting to build on Maori land. The information will assist with the Tauranga City Council resource and building consent processes and highlight the information you will need to provide before you begin your project.

Papakainga Toolkit

The toolkit for Papakainga development, Te Keteparaha mo nga Papakainga, also has information on the Maori Land Court processes that you may find helpful. The toolkit is available from Council’s customer service centre or you can view it on the Western Bay of Plenty District Council website

Te-Keteparaha-Mo-Nga-Papakainga - Maori Housing Toolkit


Last Reviewed: 07/02/2017
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