Native Affairs - Toitū Te Whenua

By Semi Holland

The Ministry for Primary Industries says if Māori develop their land, it has the potential to earn $8 billion dollars gross and create 3,600 new jobs for the primary sector.  

Now, the Government has conducted the most significant review of legislation affecting Māori land since it was passed in 1993, with a view to unlock that economic potential. 

The Ministry for Primary Industries estimates that up to 80% of Māori land is under-performing for its owners. But there are concerns the review may prioritise the corporatisation of Māori land over kaupapa Māori imperatives.