Iwi, hapū or whānau can apply to engage directly with the Crown for recognition of customary rights under the Marine and Coastal Area Act.
Use our Easy Online Webform (external link) to apply by 3 April 2017.
Fill out our Application Form [PDF, 645 KB] and send it to the following address by 3 April 2017
Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations
Private Bag 18041
All applications under the Act must be made by 3 April 2017.
The Crown can help fund your application.
Once you have applied the Minister will confirm receipt of your application and officials from the Office of Treaty Settlements will contact you and the following information about your application will be published on this website:
If the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations agrees to engage with your application, you will work with the Marine and Coastal Area team at the Ministry of Justice to determine if you meet the tests.
The Minister will make the final decision on whether to enter a recognition agreement to legally recognise those interests.
Find out more about the process by looking at our Green Diagram [PDF, 453 KB]
Find out more about the Guidelines for a Marine and Coastal Area Mandate [PDF, 369 KB]
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