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 fourth round of case management conferences were held from 8 June 2021 to 30 June 2021. The post-case management conference minute can be found here and contains the details for further conferences in 2022. Transcripts will be uploaded when available.

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

11 October 2021 Synopsis of Hearing Ngā Pōtiki & Ors

The second stage of the fifth hearing to be determined under this Act, a series of applications by Ngā Pōtiki Ā Tamapahore and overlapping claims, is currently underway in Pāpāmoa before Hon Justice Powell. A synopsis of this hearing can be found here.

Judgment of Powell J, dated 12 October 2021 (Ngā Pōtiki & Ors - Stage One – Te Hāhuna o Rangataua)

High Court recognised Customary Marine Title to part of Tauranga Harbour. High Court was satisfied that Rangataua Working Party application to Te Tāhuna o Rangataua met test under Marine and Coastal Areas Act and customary rights not extinguished. 



The most recent minutes/directions

Archived minutes 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