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Maori Rich List for Unclaimed Maori Land Money 2008

Updated on October 16, 2009
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The Rich List 2008

Name: Ruiha Moenana
District/Rohe: Te Waipounamu
Credit Amount: $67,584.94

Name: Mata Potonga
District/Rohe: Te Waipounamu
Credit Amount: $47,555.54

Name: Rutu Potonga
District/Rohe: Te Waipounamu
Credit Amount: $47,555.54

Name: Te Raihi Tarahawaiki
District/Rohe: Waikato/Maniapoto
Credit Amount: $26,540.41

Name: Tuhokai Tarahawaiki
District/Rohe: Waikato/Maniapoto
Credit Amount: $26,540.41

Name: Hera Kihirini Ngakaho
District/Rohe: Taitokerau
Credit Amount: $25,504.23

Name: Tamati Rungarunga
District/Rohe: Taitokerau
Credit Amount: $19,937.87

Name: Phyllis Sylvia Manukonga
District/Rohe: Aotea
Credit Amount: $25,090.71

Name: Hami Herepete
District/Rohe: Taitokerau
Credit Amount: $22,928.52

Name: Hamiora Te Rangituatea
District/Rohe: Waikato / Maniapoto
Credit Amount: $18,826.03

Name: Tamawhatu Tuirina
District/Rohe: Waiariki
Credit Amount: $18,567.38

Name: Mere Irihapeti:
District/Rohe: Waiariki
Credit Amount: $17,726.64

Other Useful Information

Map of Maori District Boundaries of the Maori Land Court
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Q. What is succession?A. Maori land is owned by either one owner, or by several owners. In some cases there are hundreds of owners for one block or title.

When an owner dies, it is important to transfer his/her land interests to whoever is entitled to receive those interests. That process is called succession. Application form for Transfer of Shares.

Q I want to see if my grandmother has maori land shares? How do I see if she has?A You can check out this website.

Q. How much is it to apply for succession?A. In 2008, $80.00. Was $60.00 in 2007.

Q. I need to apply for succession. What do I do?Before you apply, you need the following documentation:

You will need:

1. to complete an Application form for Succession with the Māori Land Court. (click here to view application form)

2. provide original death certificate or a certified copy
There is a fee $26.00 as of September,2009
Application form for 'Request for Death Certificate

3. provide a Certified copy of the will, probate or grant of administration

4. an application fee (as of 2007 was $60.00). Contact nearest Maori Land Court for current cost for an application fee.

5. Whakapapa details for the deceased. This includes parents, brothers and sisters (including those that have passed away).

Succession Application Step/Process
‘Succeeding to maori land shares / interests in Māori Land Through the Māori Land Court.

Step/Process 1
Before interests in MāoriLand can be passed from a deceased person to their successor/s, a succession application must be made to the Māori Land Court. An application can be lodged at any MLC registry, but is sent to the registry that covers the area where the land interests are located. This registry is responsible for processing the application. The applicant completes a succession application form and supplies supporting documentation, such as a death certificate for the person whose interests they are succeeding to, as well as whakapapa links to that person and the block of land. Court staff check that the application is completed in full and that the supporting documentation and fee are included.

Step/Process 2
Court staff then search the historical records held by the Court to see what interests the deceased person had in Māori Land and from where they were derived. Staff also check the whakapapa details attached to the application for consistency with the record, and then compile a report for the Judge in preparation for a hearing.

Step/Process 3
If all details are confirmed, then the application is notified in a monthly Court publication that advises all interested parties about the time and place of hearings, and the applications to be heard. The applicant and interested parties are notified of these details at least two weeks before a hearing.

Step/Process 4
The hearing is held at one of several centres within the areas covered by the seven registries. The purpose of the hearing is to confirm the report compiled by the Court staff; to receive evidence and comments from the applicant and other interested parties; and for the Court to make a decision on the case.

Step/Process 5
After the hearing, Court staff produce minutes as a record of proceedings, which are then sent to the applicant and all interested parties. A Court order, which records the Judge’s decision regarding the application, is subsequently sent to the applicant and, if necessary, to other interested parties.

Step/Process 6
If no rehearing or appeal is applied for within the time limits set for each, then the process is completed by entering the Court order on the Māori Land Information System (which updates details about blocks of Māori Land) and, where applicable, registering a copy of the order with the Land Registry Office. Actions required as a result of the Court order are forwarded to relevant parties, such as the Māori Trustee, who may hold funds on behalf of the deceased person.

If you think a deceased family member may have maori land interests, feel free to visit or contact your nearest Maori Land Court to find out.

Q. How do I find out if a Trust is holding any money for me?
A. To find out if there is any money being held for you, you need to contact or email either the trustees of your land, if there are no trustees, then contact the Maori Trustee Office.
Maori Trustee Office’s contact list

Head Office
Maori Trustee contact details
Te Puni Kokiri House
143 Lambton Quay
P O Box 5038
Tel: 04 819 9200
Fax: 04 819 9210

Maori Trustee Offices – Contact Us List

Application form for Unclaimed Maori Land Monies Response Sheet

Other Information

Q. I have found land blocks that my nan has shares in.
Where would I look if I wanted to check out where (in Aotearoa/New Zealand) her maori land blocks are?
Click here

Ingoa Wāhi o Aotearoa - Aotearoa place names

Map of MaoriLand Ownership between 1860 – 1937


Contact Maori Land Court if you have any other queries regarding succession to maori land or any other maori land matter.

If you live overseas, then email the Maori Land Court

‘Have a kool day in

Maa te waa whanau.


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      Aroha Luke/Paenga 

      2 years ago

      My Dad had Land blocks in Taranaki. I come from a family of 14 children. After Dad passed away we set up a Whanau Trust & included what we thought was all the land shares he was in. Unknown to most of us our eldest brother succeeded to other land where dad had shares in and he claimed them for himself & his family. When he passed away his children have inherited land shares that belonged to our dads Tupuna but we were left out.

      My question is? were we the siblings left, entitled to those land shares that our eldest succeeded to?

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      jade piko hickmott 

      6 years ago

      who has or wea do I go 2 claim my money tht my grandpa left me in hes will?

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      heni titihuia mcgrath 

      8 years ago

      unclaimed money and land

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      moko blake 

      8 years ago

      how do i find out if i got any money for my land

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      margaret Hina Whaanga 

      9 years ago

      Moari trustee i sent in an application in for money held by you but no reply back can you ring me on 0212340091 it is for Thomas Edward Hina i think that i have waited long enough 3yrs

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      margaret hina whaanga 

      9 years ago

      want to know what happened to the application i sent in for the money you own from succession to my dad, Teaute land money applications have been forwarded to you but no reply thanks

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      9 years ago

      thank u so much, am a novice at all this & just recently found out my poppa had shares in land. He passed away over 30 yrs ago & want to find out what happened to it/them.


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