Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993
Maori Land Act 1993

37 Exercise of jurisdiction generally

(1)

Subject to any express provisions of this Act or of the rules of court relating to the making of applications, the jurisdiction of the court may be exercised on the application of—

(a)

any person claiming to have an interest in the matter; or

(b)

the Minister or the chief executive or a Registrar.

(2)

Notwithstanding subsection (1), the court may grant to any person, body, or association leave to make an application to the court for the exercise of its jurisdiction where the court is satisfied—

(a)

that a question of importance to the Maori people or any tribe or group of the Maori people is involved; and

(b)

that, because of the standing of the proposed applicant among the Maori people concerned and the proposed applicant’s relationship to or connection with any land to which the application relates, it is appropriate that leave be granted to the proposed applicant.

(3)

In the course of the proceedings on any application, the court may, subject to the rules of court, without further application, and upon such terms as to notice to parties and otherwise as the court thinks fit, proceed to exercise any other part of its jurisdiction the exercise of which in those proceedings the court considers necessary or desirable.

Compare: 1953 No 94 s 27; 1974 No 73 s 45; 1979 No 136 s 19(3)