All documents forming part of the permanent record of the Māori Land Court are available for inspection and copying under Rule 7.21 of the Māori Land Court Rules 2011.
The definition of permanent record includes:
Access to the permanent record is at the office of the court in which it is deposited or electronically through the Māori Land Information Service (MLIS) in any court office where available, between 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday (not including public holidays or the three days that fall between Christmas and New Year).
Access is subject to the discretion of the registrar (particularly those records created prior to 2000), taking into account the age of the record, its condition, its location and the proposed access to records policy being developed as part of the Preservation of the Record Project.
Subject to the discretion of the registrar, the cost of providing copies of the permanent record or of reports records from MLIS is set at 20c (including GST) per page.
Any documents that are not part of the permanent record are subject to the Official Information Act 1982 and therefore access and release is assessed by the local district manager.
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