Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993
Maori Land Act 1993

20 Jurisdiction in actions for recovery of land

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the District Court Act 2016, the court shall have jurisdiction to hear and determine any proceeding for the recovery of Maori freehold land in the following cases:

(a)

where—

(i)

the term and interest of the lessee of any Maori freehold land has ended or been terminated, either by the lessor or by the lessee, and whether the lessee is or is not liable for the payment of any rent; and

(ii)

the lessee or any other person in occupation of the land or part of the land neglects or refuses to quit and deliver up possession of the land:

(b)

where the occupier of any Maori freehold land under a lease or licence, either written or verbal, is in arrear in the payment of rent for such period that the lessor or licensor is entitled to exercise a right of re-entry under the terms of the lease or licence:

(c)

where the occupier of any Maori freehold land under a lease or licence, either written or verbal, is in arrear in the payment of rent, and deserts the land leaving it uncultivated or unoccupied so that no remedy of forfeiture is available:

(d)

where any person without right, title, or licence is in possession of any Maori freehold land.

Section 20: amended, on 1 March 2017, by section 261 of the District Court Act 2016 (2016 No 49).