Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993
Maori Land Act 1993

127 Registrar of court to record ownership


The Registrar of the court shall establish and maintain a record (in subsections (2) and (4) referred to as an ownership list) of the legal and beneficial ownership of all Maori freehold land in the district and of any trusts affecting the land or any individual interest in the land.


Without limiting subsection (1), it is hereby declared that where the Registrar of the court is satisfied that any interest for life or until remarriage in respect of any beneficial interest in Maori freehold land (including any such interest created by section 109(2)) has been extinguished or surrendered, the Registrar of the court shall note the extinction or surrender of that interest in the ownership list.


On the making of an aggregation order under section 308, the Registrar shall establish a common list of owners of all the land affected by the order.


In all proceedings, an ownership list under the signature of the Registrar and the seal of the court shall be prima facie evidence of the legal and beneficial ownership of the land to which the list relates, and of all trusts affecting the land or any interest in the land recorded in the list, without production of any relevant order of the court or of any relevant instrument of alienation.


Nothing in subsection (1) requires the Registrar to record the ownership of beneficial interests in land that, by virtue of this Act, remain vested in the several owners of that land despite the vesting of the legal estate in fee simple in that land in a Maori incorporation.

Section 127(5): added, on 28 September 1993, by section 4 of Te Ture Whenua Maori Amendment Act (No 2) 1993 (1993 No 104).