Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 applications for recognition orders

Under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011, applications for a High Court order for recognition of protected customary rights and customary marine title had to be made by 3 April 2017.  There are 205 active marine and coastal recognition applications.  These applications are managed centrally in the Wellington registry of the Court.

A series of first case management conferences for these applications were held in 10 locations around New Zealand beginning on 27 May 2018. The minutes and transcripts from these hearings are found below.

The minutes and transcripts of the second and third round of case management conferences are also below.

A fifth round of case management conferences were held from 8 June 2022 to 28 June 2022. The post-case management conference minute can be found here and contains the details for further conferences in 2022.

A list of all Marine and Coastal Applications before the High Court including their next event is published on this webpage.

23 March 2022 – Practice Note on Mapping

The Chief High Court Judge has published a practice note regarding the drafting of maps for applications under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011. This is designed to achieve consistency in mapping practices. The practice note applies from 23 March 2022 and does not apply to maps previously filed. 

The practice note can be found [here]



The most recent minutes/directions

Archived minutes 2021 and 2020

Archived minutes 2017 - 31 December 2019


Originating applications

Case Management conferences:

Case management conferences - transcripts, third round: June and July 2020

Case management conferences - transcripts, first and second round

If you have queries or concerns regarding any of these matters, please contact | Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011