Maori Trust Boards Act 1955

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Reprint as at 28 July 2014

Maori Trust Boards Act 1955

Public Act1955 No 37
Date of assent20 October 1955
Commencementsee section 1(2)


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by Te Puni Kōkiri.



1 Short Title and commencement

2 Interpretation

Part 1
Constitution of Maori Trust Boards

Aorangi Maori Trust Board

3 Aorangi Maori Trust Board

Arawa Maori Trust Board


4 Arawa Maori Trust Board [Repealed]

Aupouri Maori Trust Board

5 Aupouri Maori Trust Board

Ngaitahu Maori Trust Board


6 Ngaitahu Maori Trust Board [Repealed]

6A Ngati Whatua o Orakei Maori Trust Board [Repealed]

Tainui Maori Trust Board


7 Tainui Maori Trust Board [Repealed]

Taitokerau Maori Trust Board

8 Taitokerau Maori Trust Board

Taranaki Maori Trust Board

9 Taranaki Maori Trust Board

9A Tuhoe-Waikaremoana Maori Trust Board constituted [Repealed]

Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board

10 Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board

Wairoa-Waikaremoana Maori Trust Board

11 Wairoa-Waikaremoana Maori Trust Board

Whakatohea Maori Trust Board

12 Whakatohea Maori Trust Board

Part 2
General provisions relating to Maori Trust Boards

13 Boards to be bodies corporate

14 Membership of Boards

15 Term of office of members

16 Extraordinary vacancies

17 Appointment of Chairman and Deputy Chairman

18 Meetings of Board

19 Officers of Board

19A Gratuities payable on retirement or death of employees


20 Board may appoint committees

21 Chairman of committee

22 Meetings of committees

23 Committee to be subject to control of Board


23A Council of elders

23B Council of young people

Requirement for annual hui

23C Annual hui

23D Notice of annual hui

Functions and powers of Boards

24 Functions of Board

24A Powers of Maori Trust Boards

24B Trusts for charitable purposes

24C Maori Trust Board may accept trusts

24D Board may take part in government schemes, etc

24E Board may be appointed in place of committee of management

24F Board may contract to provide services to other bodies

25 Loans by Board

25A Powers of Maori Trust Boards

26 Power to acquire lands and to farm

27 Power to borrow money and guarantee loans


28 Bank accounts

29 Minister may authorize countersigning officer [Repealed]

30 Books of account

30A Auditor-General to be auditor of Board [Repealed]

Annual reporting and other accountability requirements

31 Annual report (including financial statements)

31A Annual budget

31B Audit requirements

32 Annual report and budget must be provided to Minister


33 Minister may direct investigation of Board's affairs

34 Seals

35 Beneficiaries not to acquire vested interest

36 Contracts of Board

37 Members of Board not personally liable, and not debarred from benefits

38 Mortgages to Boards

39 Assignment of rents to Boards

40 Change of name not to affect rights or obligations

41 Fees and travelling allowances

41A Payments to Maori Trust Boards by Crown not to constitute income for taxation purposes

Part 3

Roll of beneficiaries

42 Boards to have rolls prepared

43 Inclusion in roll onus of beneficiaries

44 Initial preparation

45 Inclusion in roll

Nomination of members

46 Invitation of nominations

47 Making of nominations

48 Necessity for elections

49 Names of persons elected to be transmitted to chief executive of the Ministry of Maori Development

Election by postal ballot

50 Elections to be by postal ballot unless regulations provide otherwise

51 Ballot papers to be sent out

52 Returning Officer

53 Results of ballots

53A Investigation of conduct and result of election

Minor irregularities at elections

54 Election not invalid by reason of certain irregularities

55 Validation of certain irregularities

55A Invalid elections

Part 4

56 Regulations

57 Repeals and savings

Enactments repealed

Maori Trust Boards Amendment Act 2008

Maori Trust Boards Amendment Act 2011

Maori Trust Boards (Transitional Provisions) Order 2012

Reprint notes

An Act to make better provision for the administration of certain Maori Trust Boards