Maori Vested Lands Administration Act 1954

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Reprint as at 1 July 2009

Maori Vested Lands Administration Act 1954

Public Act1954 No 60
Date of assent29 September 1954
Commencement29 September 1954


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

This Act is administered by Te Puni Kōkiri.



1 Short Title

Part 1

2 Interpretation

3 Application of this Act

4 Vested land to be held in trust for owners

4A Alienation powers of equitable owners

4B Security over vested land

Part 2
Rights in respect of subsisting leases

Compensation for improvements

5 Subsisting leases conferring right to compensation to be read subject to this Act

6 Provisions in leases as to improvements

7 Certain renewal leases to confer same compensation rights as original leases

8 Māori Trustee and lessee may come to agreement outside of provisions of Act

9 Agreements for preservation of existing rights

10 Land Valuation Tribunal to determine disputes

Special valuations

11 Application for special valuation

12 Valuation certificates to be prepared

13 General provisions as to valuations

14 Notice of valuations and rights of objection thereto

14A Special valuations made on or after 1 July 1998

Resumption of land or grant of new lease

15 Notice to be given to lessee as to resumption of land, or requiring an election by lessee

16 Lessee to have limited right to occupy land, notwithstanding expiry of lease

17 On delivery of possession, Māori Trustee to pay compensation

18 Deduction for destroyed or depreciated improvements

19 Special provisions as to leases the terms of which have been extended by statute

20 Lessee to pay for lessor's improvements when electing to take new lease

21 Term of new lease

22 Minimum annual rent

23 Annual rent where minimum rent reduced because of uncontrollable deterioration

24 Rent under new lease

25 Valuations for revision of rent

26 Lessee may require Māori Trustee to reduce minimum annual rent

27 Provision as to compensation for improvements

28 Valuations for purposes of determining compensation

29 Reservation of rights to timber trees

30 Assignment of leases

31 Form of new lease

32 Procedure where lessee does not accept new lease or renewal of a lease

33 Procedure where right to new lease not purchased

34 Date of commencement of new lease when offered for public competition

Jurisdiction of Land Valuation Tribunal

35 Commencement of proceedings under section 10

36 Service of notices

37 Statements in answer

38 Evidence as to other matters to be brought only by leave

39 Proceedings to be determined by Land Valuation Tribunal

40 Proceedings in relation to destroyed or damaged improvements

41 Objections to valuations to be determined by Land Valuation Tribunal

42 Hearing and determinations of objections

43 Notification of amendments

44 Appeal to Land Valuation Court from Tribunal's determination

45 Appeals by notice of motion

46 Service of notice of motion

47 Cross appeals

48 Chairman of Tribunal to prepare report

49 Court may confirm determination or make alterations in valuation

50 Determination as to uncontrollable deterioration

51 Costs

52 Ordinary practice and procedure to apply

53 Valuer-General's right of audience

54 Land Valuation Court to have exclusive jurisdiction

Part 3

55 Disposition of rent paid to Māori Trustee

56 Money for payment of compensation

57 Provisions of this Act to apply to leases of certain other lands

58 Māori Trustee to become agent of owners of land for certain purposes

59 Contiguous lands held in 1 farm

60 Māori Trustee may lease land not subject to existing lease

61 Māori Trustee may sell land with consent of owners

61A Sale of vested land to lessees [Repealed]

62 Māori Trustee may lease by private contract

63 Māori Trustee may grant timber cutting and other licences

64 Māori Trustee may manage land as a farm

65 Māori Trustee may acquire land for roads

66 Record of improvements

67 Māori Trustee may accept surrenders of leases or licences

68 Costs of lease or licence

69 Service of notices

70 Revesting of land subject to this Act

71 Former lessee not relieved of liability for breaches of covenant

72 Land subject to Part 16 of Maori Land Act 1931 no longer so subject

73 Protection of leases of Otiranui Nos 2 and 3

74 Validation of leases granted by former Maori Land Boards

75 Restrictions on removal of timber by lessees under Maori Vested Lands Administration Act 1954

76 Regulations

77 Repeals

Schedule 1
Memorandum of lease

Schedule 2
Enactments repealed

Reprint notes

An Act to provide for the administration of certain land vested in the Māori Trustee and certain other Maori land subject to leases conferring on the lessees rights to compensation for improvements

  • Title: amended, on 1 July 2009, pursuant to section 30(2)(a) of the Māori Trustee Amendment Act 2009 (2009 No 12).