Learn about the key aspects of the Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Tamaki nui-ā-Rua claims settlement right of first refusal (RFR). Note: this is a guide only and agencies must comply with the requirements of the Deed of Settlement, legislation and any relevant LINZ standards.

The following has been developed in collaboration with Te Arawhiti.

Te Arawhiti website

The Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Tamaki nui-ā-Rua area of interest

The Rangitāne rohe spans from north of Dannevirke to Mākaramu (near Porangahau), down to Cape Palliser, and encompasses the wider Wairarapa and Tamaki nui-ā-Rua regions.

The map below provides an indication of the area of interest for Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Tamaki nui-ā-Rua, but is not a depiction of any RFR area.

Map indicating the area of interest for Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Tamaki nui-ā-Rua
Map showing the area of interest referred to in the Deed of Settlement between Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Tamaki nui-ā-Rua and the Crown.

Settlement summary

Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Tamaki nui-ā-Rua received redress through its Treaty settlement with the Crown.

IwiRangitāne o Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Tamaki nui-ā-Rua
Deed of Settlement signed

6 August 2016

Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Tamaki nui-ā-Rua Deed of Settlement

Settlement date10 October 2017
LegislationRangitāne Tū Mai Rā (Wairarapa Tamaki nui-ā-Rua) Claims Settlement Act 2017 (“the Act”)
RFR provisions

The RFR provisions are covered by sections 98-126 and Schedule 4 of the Act.

Sections 98-126 of the Act

Schedule 4 of the Act

Offer made toThe RFR offer is in favour of the trustees of Rangitāne Tū Mai Rā Trust (“the trustees”)
RFR period174 years from the settlement date (expires in 2191)
RFR memorialsYes

Definition of RFR land

Section 99 of the Act defines RFR land included in the settlement. It includes all the land listed in Part 6 of the Attachments to the Deed of Settlement that, on settlement date, was vested in or held in fee simple by the Crown.

Section 99 of the Act

Deed of Settlement - Attachments

RFR land also includes land obtained in exchange for a disposal of RFR land under specified sections. This is set out in section 99(1)(b) of the Act.

Section 99(1)(b) of the Act

Disposals

The RFR obligation arises for any disposal that:

  • transfers or vests the fee simple estate in the land, or
  • grants a lease of the land for a term that is, or will be (if any rights of renewal or extension are exercised under the lease), 50 years or longer.

Preliminary notice

There is no requirement to give preliminary notice of a disposal in this settlement.

Offering the land

The RFR offer to the trustees needs to include the terms of the offer, including:

  • the expiry date
  • the legal description and street address of the land
  • any interests affecting the land
  • contact details for the trustees to respond to.

Section 101 of the Act

Expiry date of offer

The RFR offer expires on or after 20 working days after the day the trustees receive the offer. However, a shorter expiry date of on or after 10 working days after the day on which an offer is received applies for any subsequent offers where the expiry date of the earlier offer was not more than 6 months before the expiry date of the later offer.

Section 102 of the Act

Subsequent disposal process

If the trustees do not accept an offer, or the offer period expires, the RFR landowner can dispose of the land provided that:

  • the subsequent disposal is not on more favourable terms than those offered to the trustees,
  • the land is being disposed of within 2 years after expiry of the RFR offer and
  • the trustees are notified of the proposed disposal at least 20 working days before the disposal occurs. 

This notification must provide details of the disposal, including the name of the person to whom the land is being disposed of and an explanation of how the disposal complies with section 100 of the Act, and a copy of the written contract to demonstrate that the subsequent disposal is not on more favourable terms than the RFR offer.

Section 100 of the Act

Section 118 of the Act

Exempted disposals

Certain disposals can occur without making an RFR offer to the trustees. These exempted disposals are set out in sections 106-115 of the Act. 

Sections 106-115 of the Act

The trustees must be notified of the proposed exempted disposal at least 20 working days before the disposal occurs, including an explanation of why the disposal is exempted under the settlement.

Section 118 of the Act

RFR Memorials

All records of title for RFR land must be noted with a memorial protecting the Trust’s interest. 

If an RFR landowner creates a new record of title for an RFR property, the landowner must advise LINZ as soon as possible so LINZ can place a memorial noting the RFR on the title. 

Section 117 of the Act

In certain cases, the RFR landowner must seek a certificate from LINZ requesting the removal of the RFR memorial, before a transfer can occur. 

Section 119 of the Act

Contact details

For more information about the Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Tamaki nui-ā-Rua claims settlement contact:

Rangitāne Tū Mai Rā Trust
11 Cole Street
MASTERTON 5810
Rangitāne Tū Mai Rā Trust website 

Land Information New Zealand
PO Box 5501
WELLINGTON 6145
Land Information New Zealand website

Te Arawhiti – The Office for Māori Crown Relations
SX10111
WELLINGTON 6011
Te Arawhiti website

Last Updated: 16 October 2020