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New website aims to empower whānau

Last month Māori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta launched, a new website to empower whānau to achieve their aspirations for Māori land.

The website was developed with Māori to help landowners navigate the complicated journey of whenua Māori ownership.

“Whenua is a fundamental part of what it means to be Māori. It provides identity and belonging across generations. is an exciting new tool that supports whenua connection, governance and development,” says Minister Mahuta. is one part of the Government’s Whenua Māori Programme, an ambitious initiative jointly led by Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Justice to help landowners build value and wellbeing for whānau through their whenua.

The website brings together comprehensive information on the 1.4 million hectares of freehold Māori land blocks, providing land profiles, resources, case studies and on-line tools to support landowners with their plans for their whenua. is built on a foundation of good information and data in a knowledge hub. It will draw on content from key holders of Māori land information like Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research, Scion and Te Tumu Paeroa.

“Combining kanohi ki te kanohi and digital resources will strengthen whānau ability to connect with and make the best use of their whenua,” says Nanaia Mahuta.

See full media release from Minister Mahuta here 

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