Customary Marine Title Application

Kia ora koutou

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has submitted applications on behalf of Ngāi Tahu Whānui to engage directly with the Crown and the High Court to seek recognition of Ngāi Tahu rights and interests in the coastal marine area. This application is for a ‘Customary Marine Title’.

These applications have been made under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 before the statutory deadline of 3 April 2017.

Due to the timeline pressures we faced we were unable to consult whānau as much as we would have liked before the application process. However it is very important we do so now to explain what the application means, the rationale for undertaking this process, and to explore with whānau what is best for the next steps.

Strategy and Influence would like to hold a series of regional hui in the first instance, to see as many people as possible as soon as possible, with the idea that engagement with more specific interested groups will follow. Please find attached a brief summary page that gives a quick overview of the facts, we will cover these points in far more detail kanohi te kanohi at our hui. You can also find more information about the Act and Customary Marine Title by following this link

The table below indicates the confirmed dates and venues for the regional hui. Could you please circulate this.



  • Day: 23 May 2017
  • Time: 6 - 8pm
  • Where: Te Whare o Te Waipounamu, Aoraki Boardroom


  • Day: 29 May 2017
  • Time: 6 - 8pm
  • Where: Arowhenua Marae


  • Day: 7 June 2017
  • Time: 6 - 8pm
  • Where: Scenic Hotel SOUTHERN CROSS, 118 High Street, Dunedin, 9054


  • Day: 8 June 2017
  • Time: 6 - 8pm
  • Where: Murihiku Marae


  • Day: 12 June 2017
  • Time: 6 - 8pm
  • Where: Arahura Marae


  • Day: To be confirmed
  • Time: To be confirmed
  • Where: To be confirmed