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Information about the Act

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Information for applicant groups

An applicant group is "one or more iwi, hapū and whānau" group. Any iwi, hapū or whānau, or a collective of these groups, can apply for recognition of their customary interests.

Tests for customary marine title and protected customary rights

Tests that must be met by applicant groups.

Process for Crown engagement

Making an application for a recognition agreement with the Crown.

Process for High Court orders

Making an application to the High Court for a recognition order.

Participation in conservation processes

Under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011, iwi, hapū and whānau will have enhanced rights to participate in conservation processes along the coastline where they exercise kaitiakitanga in the common marine and coastal area. This right is a formal recognition of the longstanding association between a group and the common marine and coastal area in their rohe. It is a separate matter from customary marine title, or protected customary rights, and a group is not required to meet a test to be eligible to participate.

Information for resource consent applicants

Information for resource consent applicants, developers and commercial operators.