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Learn about the key aspects of the Ngāti Tama claims settlement right of first refusal (RFR).

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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.

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The Ngāti Tama area of interest

Ngāti Tama is an iwi of Taranaki and its members are descendants of Whata, Rakaeiora, and Tamaariki of the Tokomaru waka. Ngāti Tama is located in Northern Taranaki and has approximately 1,000 members.

The map below provides an indication of the area of interest for Ngāti Tama, but is not a depiction of any RFR area.

Map showing the area of interest referred to in the Deed of Settlement between Ngāti Tama and the Crown.

Map showing the area of interest referred to in the Deed of Settlement between Ngāti Tama and the Crown.

Settlement summary

Ngāti Tama received redress through its Treaty settlement with the Crown.

Iwi: Ngāti Tama

Deed of Settlement signed:  20 December 2001

Ngati Tama Deed of Settlement

Effective Date: 26 November 2003. Note that this is before both the RFR deed was signed and the settlement date under the Act.

Legislation: Ngati Tama Claims Settlement Act 2003 (“the Act”).

RFR provisions: The RFR provisions are set out in the RFR deed. There are no RFR provisions in the settlement legislation.

RFR deed

Offer made to: The RFR offer is in favour of the trustees of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Tama Trust (“the governance entity”)

RFR period: 50 years from the effective date (expires in 2053)

RFR memorials: No

Definition of RFR property

Clause 14.1 of the RFR deed defines RFR property included in the settlement. It includes every parcel of land within the RFR area (shown on SO 14863 in Schedule 3 of the RFR deed) that, on effective date, was vested in or held in fee simple by the Crown, or was a Crown-derived reserve vested in an administering body that would revert to the Crown.

RFR property also includes properties obtained in exchange for a disposal clause 6.1.12(a), (b) or (e).

A specific property (“the Tongaporutu RFR site”) could become subject to the RFR under terms of the RFR deed. This is set out in clauses 1.4 – 1.10 of the RFR deed.

Any land or roads vested in the Crown by section 44 of the Transit New Zealand Act 1989 (now the Government Roading Powers Act 1989) or any ‘railway assets’ of the Crown within the meaning of paragraph (c) of the definition of ‘railway assets’ in section 2 of the New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990 is not included in the settlement as RFR property.


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 governance entity needs to include the terms of the offer, including:

  • the expiry date
  • the legal description and street address of the land
  • any encumbrances affecting the land
  • contact details for the governance entity to respond to.

Expiry date of offer

The RFR offer expires one calendar month after it is received by the governance entity as per clause 14.1 of the RFR deed under “expiry date”.

Subsequent disposal process

Clause 3 of the RFR deed sets out that if the governance entity does not accept an offer, or the offer period expires, the RFR landowner can dispose of the property provided that:

  • the subsequent disposal is not on more favourable terms than those offered to the governance entity,
  • the land is being disposed of within 2 years after expiry of the RFR offer

The Crown must, promptly after entering into an agreement to dispose of the RFR property to a purchaser or lessee, give notice to the trustees of that fact and disclose the terms of that agreement. The Crown must not dispose of the RFR property after the end of that 2-year period without first giving notice under clause 1.1 of the RFR deed.

Clause 4 of the RFR deed provides that should the Crown propose to dispose of the RFR property on more favourable terms it may do so only if it first gives another RFR notice to the governance entity.

Exempted disposals

Certain disposals can occur without making an RFR offer to the governance entity. These exempted disposals are set out in clauses 5 and 6 of the RFR deed.

The RFR deed includes specific exemptions in relation to disposal of land that was held for a public work. This land may be disposed of to a local authority under section 50 of the Public Works Act 1981 or any other person where the land will be held or used for the purpose which, immediately before the disposal, constituted the public work.

Where RFR properties are to be disposed of to certain new owners, a deed of covenant may be required to bind new owners to the RFR. The new owner takes on the obligations under the RFR deed. Clause 6 and Schedules 1 and 2 of the RFR deed set out when this is required.

Delivery of notices

Clause 11 of the RFR deed provides for offer notices to be delivered by hand, registered mail or facsimile. There is no provision in the RFR deed for electronic service of an offer.

Contact details

For more information about the Ngāti Tama claims settlement contact:

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Tama
PO Box 143
Ngāti Tama trust website

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

Te Arawhiti – The Office for Māori Crown Relations
Te Arawhiti website

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