The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 acknowledges the importance of the marine and coastal area to all New Zealanders and provides for the recognition of the customary rights of iwi, hapū and whānau in the common marine and coastal area. Public access to the common marine and coastal area is guaranteed by the Act.
Find out more about the Act if you are:
Or have a look at our quick guide for understanding the Act and the application process: The Blue Book [PDF, 537 KB]
The marine and coastal area is the area between the mean high water springs and the outer limits of the territorial sea - 12 nautical miles from shore.
The common marine and coastal area are the parts of the marine and coastal area that aren’t in private ownership or part of a conservation area.
Under the Act, applications for recognition of customary interests must be made before 3 April 2017. Iwi, hapū or whānau can apply to:
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