The Office for Māori Crown Relations Te Arawhiti and Toitū Te Whenua work together on Treaty Settlements Landbank and the Māori Protection Mechanism.
Who does what?
- Manages the process for adding surplus Crown-owned land to the Landbank. This is called the Māori Protection Mechanism. There is an application process for this to happen.
- Advertises surplus Crown-owned land to identify any Māori interests.
- If Minister’s agree, the land will be purchased by the Treaty Settlements Landbank. The land can then be used as cultural or commercial redress in a settlement.
- The Crown as a whole has a responsibility to protect any wahi tapu, or other sites of significance to Māori, that are on surplus Crown-owned land. This is done separately to the Māori Protection Mechanism process.
Toitū Te Whenua
- Manages properties in the Treaty Settlement Landbank. Properties come into the Landbank when a government department decides it no longer needs them and there is the possibility that they could be used as either cultural or commercial redress in a Treaty settlement. There are more than 900 properties in the Landbank, including former prisons, hospitals, schools and houses.
- Manage the property on behalf of the Crown. This property is part of a portfolio of properties held for Treaty settlement.
- Includes information about the landbank on our website on behalf of Te Arawhiti.
- Lists all current properties in the landbank on our website.
- When a government department wants to sell land it no longer needs, it must first make sure it has met any legal and policy obligations the Crown has as the owner of the land. This process is handled by the department wanting to sell the land. We offer support if needed.
- Maintains and manages properties until the Treaty Settlement is completed. In some situations, this includes renting out properties and maintaining the property.
How the Māori Protection Mechanism works
When a government department wants to sell land it no longer needs, it must first make sure that it has met any legal and policy obligations the Crown has as the owner of the land.
Te Arawhiti advertises surplus Crown-owned land to identify any Māori interests. Details of the properties are advertised in the Sunday Star Times and Sunday News newspapers on the following dates.
Advertising schedule 2022/2023
Closing date for Crown agencies to submit a surplus property
Closing date for applications to be lodged with The Office for Māori Crown Relations – Te Arawhiti
Sunday 7 August 2022
Thursday 14 July 2022
Friday 9 September 2022
Sunday 2 October 2022
Thursday 8 September 2022
Friday 4 November 2022
Sunday 4 December 2022
Thursday 10 November 2022
Friday 13 January 2023
Sunday 5 February 2023
Thursday 12 January 2022
Friday 10 March 2023
Sunday 2 April 2023
Thursday 9 March 2022
Friday 5 May 2023
Sunday 4 June 2023
Thursday 11 May 2022
Friday 7 July 2023
Applications for Landbanking and/or Sites of Significance for properties in this schedule close 8 July 2022.
Further information on landbanking and the protection mechanism see below.
How to apply to Landbank a property
Any Māori group or individual who has a registered claim with the Waitangi Tribunal in the same area as the advertised land can apply to have it protected for use in a future Treaty settlement.
If the Crown agrees to keep the land it will be purchased by the Treaty Settlements Landbank. The land can then be used as cultural or commercial redress in a settlement.
Current properties in the Treaty Settlements Landbank
Sites of Significance to Māori
The Crown also has a responsibility to protect any wahi tapu, or other sites of significance to Māori, that are on surplus Crown-owned land. This is done separately to the Māori Protection Mechanism process.
Applications to have Significant Sites on surplus Crown-owned land recognised are made through Te Arawhiti.
Using a Landbank property in settlements
Landbank properties can be used as either cultural or commercial redress in a Treaty settlement. Properties are not put aside for any particular claimant group, even if that group applied to add them to the Landbank.
Claimants don’t have to accept Landbank property as part of their settlement.
Land that is privately owned is generally not available for use in Treaty settlements, but claimants can make their own arrangements with the owners if both parties agree. The Crown does not get involved in matters related to private land.
Who to contact
- For information about the Māori Protection Mechanism call Te Arawhiti on 04 494 9800 and ask for the Settlement Advisor – Protection Mechanism, or use the online form at https://www.tearawhiti.govt.nz/contact-us/
- For information about a Landbank property in your area of interest email firstname.lastname@example.org
- For inquiries about leasing or renting a Landbank property, call Colliers International NZ on 04 473 7910 and ask for the Treaty Settlement Property Management Team.
Information for Crown agencies
These documents provide more information for Crown agencies.
- Protection of Māori interests in surplus Crown-owned land: information for Crown agencies (PDF 2MB)
- Checklist for properties to be advertised in the Protection Mechanism and Sites of Significance process (PDF 100KB)