Maori Vested Lands Administration Act 1954

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  • This version was reprinted on 2 June 2016 to make corrections to section 75 and Schedule 1 under section 25(1)(f), (j)(ii), and (iv) of the Legislation Act 2012.

Reprint as at 19 August 2013

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Maori Vested Lands Administration Act 1954

Public Act
1954 No 60
Date of assent
29 September 1954
29 September 1954

Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by Te Puni Kōkiri.


1Short Title
3Application of this Act
4Vested land to be held in trust for owners
4AAlienation powers of equitable owners
4BSecurity over vested land
5Subsisting leases conferring right to compensation to be read subject to this Act
6Provisions in leases as to improvements
7Certain renewal leases to confer same compensation rights as original leases
8Māori Trustee and lessee may come to agreement outside of provisions of Act
9Agreements for preservation of existing rights
10Land Valuation Tribunal to determine disputes
11Application for special valuation
12Valuation certificates to be prepared
13General provisions as to valuations
14Notice of valuations and rights of objection thereto
14ASpecial valuations made on or after 1 July 1998
15Notice to be given to lessee as to resumption of land, or requiring an election by lessee
16Lessee to have limited right to occupy land, notwithstanding expiry of lease
17On delivery of possession, Māori Trustee to pay compensation
18Deduction for destroyed or depreciated improvements
19Special provisions as to leases the terms of which have been extended by statute
20Lessee to pay for lessor’s improvements when electing to take new lease
21Term of new lease
22Minimum annual rent
23Annual rent where minimum rent reduced because of uncontrollable deterioration
24Rent under new lease
25Valuations for revision of rent
26Lessee may require Māori Trustee to reduce minimum annual rent
27Provision as to compensation for improvements
28Valuations for purposes of determining compensation
29Reservation of rights to timber trees
30Assignment of leases
31Form of new lease
32Procedure where lessee does not accept new lease or renewal of a lease
33Procedure where right to new lease not purchased
34Date of commencement of new lease when offered for public competition
35Commencement of proceedings under section 10
36Service of notices
37Statements in answer
38Evidence as to other matters to be brought only by leave
39Proceedings to be determined by Land Valuation Tribunal
40Proceedings in relation to destroyed or damaged improvements
41Objections to valuations to be determined by Land Valuation Tribunal
42Hearing and determinations of objections
43Notification of amendments
44Appeal to Land Valuation Court from Tribunal’s determination
45Appeals by notice of motion
46Service of notice of motion
47Cross appeals
48Chairman of Tribunal to prepare report
49Court may confirm determination or make alterations in valuation
50Determination as to uncontrollable deterioration
52Ordinary practice and procedure to apply
53Valuer-General’s right of audience
54Land Valuation Court to have exclusive jurisdiction
55Disposition of rent paid to Māori Trustee
56Money for payment of compensation
57Provisions of this Act to apply to leases of certain other lands
58Māori Trustee to become agent of owners of land for certain purposes
59Contiguous lands held in 1 farm
60Māori Trustee may lease land not subject to existing lease
61Māori Trustee may sell land with consent of owners
61ASale of vested land to lessees [Repealed]
62Māori Trustee may lease by private contract
63Māori Trustee may grant timber cutting and other licences
64Māori Trustee may manage land as a farm
65Māori Trustee may acquire land for roads
66Record of improvements
67Māori Trustee may accept surrenders of leases or licences
68Costs of lease or licence
69Service of notices
70Revesting of land subject to this Act
71Former lessee not relieved of liability for breaches of covenant
72Land subject to Part 16 of Maori Land Act 1931 no longer so subject
73Protection of leases of Otiranui Nos 2 and 3
74Validation of leases granted by former Maori Land Boards
75Restrictions on removal of timber by lessees
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).