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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.

Prior to 2017, the Court had received 9 applications. In 2017 a further 190 applications were filed. At present all applications are being managed by the Wellington registry of the Court.

The Court currently has 199 active marine and coastal recognition order applications. It is currently reviewing these applications to ensure all applicants who claim an interest in the various zones are accurately identified and the extent of those zones is clarified. A number of applicants have claimed rights in more than one area.

The next step is for applicants to consider applications made by other interested parties in the same zone.

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