Maori Trust Boards Act 1955

Reprint as at 30 January 2021

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Maori Trust Boards Act 1955

Public Act
1955 No 37
Date of assent
20 October 1955
see section 1(2)

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 and commencement
3Aorangi Maori Trust Board
4Arawa Maori Trust Board [Repealed]
5Aupouri Maori Trust Board [Repealed]
6Ngaitahu Maori Trust Board [Repealed]
6ANgati Whatua o Orakei Maori Trust Board [Repealed]
7Tainui Maori Trust Board [Repealed]
8Taitokerau Maori Trust Board
9Taranaki Maori Trust Board
9ATuhoe-Waikaremoana Maori Trust Board constituted [Repealed]
10Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board
11Wairoa-Waikaremoana Maori Trust Board
12Whakatohea Maori Trust Board
13Boards to be bodies corporate
14Membership of Boards
15Term of office of members
16Extraordinary vacancies
17Appointment of Chairman and Deputy Chairman
18Meetings of Board
19Officers of Board
19AGratuities payable on retirement or death of employees
20Board may appoint committees
21Chairman of committee
22Meetings of committees
23Committee to be subject to control of Board
23ACouncil of elders
23BCouncil of young people
23CAnnual hui
23DNotice of annual hui
24Functions of Board
24APowers of Maori Trust Boards
24BTrusts for charitable purposes
24CMaori Trust Board may accept trusts
24DBoard may take part in government schemes, etc
24EBoard may be appointed in place of committee of management
24FBoard may contract to provide services to other bodies
25Loans by Board
25APowers of Maori Trust Boards
26Power to acquire lands and to farm
27Power to borrow money and guarantee loans
28Bank accounts
29Minister may authorise countersigning officer [Repealed]
30Books of account
30AAuditor-General to be auditor of Board [Repealed]
31Annual report (including financial statements)
31AAnnual budget
31BAudit requirements
32Annual report and budget must be provided to Minister
33Minister may direct investigation of Board’s affairs
35Beneficiaries not to acquire vested interest
36Contracts of Board
37Members of Board not personally liable, and not debarred from benefits
38Mortgages to Boards
39Assignment of rents to Boards
40Change of name not to affect rights or obligations
41Fees and travelling allowances
41APayments to Maori Trust Boards by Crown not to constitute income for taxation purposes
42Boards to have rolls prepared
43Inclusion in roll onus of beneficiaries
44Initial preparation
45Inclusion in roll
46Invitation of nominations
47Making of nominations
48Necessity for elections
49Names of persons elected to be transmitted to chief executive of the Ministry of Maori Development
50Elections to be by postal ballot unless regulations provide otherwise
51Ballot papers to be sent out
52Returning Officer
53Results of ballots
53AInvestigation of conduct and result of election
54Election not invalid by reason of certain irregularities
55Validation of certain irregularities
55AInvalid elections
57Repeals and savings
Reprint notes

An Act to make better provision for the administration of certain Maori Trust Boards