The Maori Land Court shall continue to have exclusive jurisdiction to investigate the title to Maori customary land, and to determine the relative interests of the owners of the land.
Every title to and interest in Maori customary land shall be determined according to tikanga Maori.
In any application for the exercise of the court’s jurisdiction under this section, the applicant may specify—
the person or persons in whom it is proposed the land shall be vested; and
any trusts, restrictions, or conditions to which it is proposed the land shall be subject.
On any investigation of title and determination of relative interests under this section, the court may make an order defining the area dealt with and vesting the land in—
such person or persons as the court may find to be entitled to the land in such relative shares as the court thinks fit, or otherwise in accordance with the terms of the application; or
a Maori incorporation or a Maori Trust Board or trustees for or on behalf of such persons, and on such terms of trust, and in such relative shares, as the court thinks fit.
Compare: 1953 No 94 s 161