Apply to the High Court

If you are an iwi, hapū or whānau group you can apply to the High Court to have an order granted which recognises your customary interests under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011.

When you apply to the High Court for recognition of customary interests under the Marine and Coastal Area Act, there are a number of steps you must complete.

Find out more about the High Court process by looking at our Blue Diagram [PDF, 209 KB]

If the Court agrees to hear your application, you will have a hearing where a judge will decide whether you meet the tests in the Act.

Find out more about meeting the tests

Paying for a High Court application

You must pay $540 to file your application in the High Court. There may be other costs in the course of your application like lawyer’s fees, court fees and paying for public notice.

The Crown can help fund your application.

Find out more about funding

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