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Learn more about our review of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976

In December 2015, the Minister responsible for the Law Commission, Hon Amy Adams, asked the Law Commission to review the Property (Relationships) Act 1976. The Terms of Reference are on our main website. They require us to consider the rules which make up the law and how people resolve property matters in practice.

Since then we have researched the law’s history and looked at cases, commentary and court data to understand how the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 works in practice. We have talked to lawyers, academics, community groups, government departments, and researchers. We have looked at international experiences to inform our understanding of possible reform options. We have also researched the social context and published our findings in the Study Paper.

We established an Expert Advisory Group to assist us in this review, and sought guidance from the Law Commission’s Māori Liaison Committee on those matters that may be of particular concern to Māori.

From this initial research and consultation we have identified a number of issues with the law.

Along with this consultation document, we have prepared an in-depth Issues Paper which you can read here.

From October 2017 to February 2018 we will consult. Find out how you can have your say.

We will use the responses we receive to help draft our final report for the Minister Responsible for the Law Commission. The report is due in November 2018.

If you have other questions about the Law Commission’s review of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976, please email us at pra@lawcom.govt.nz

Or you can write to us at:

Property (Relationships) Act Review
Law Commission
PO Box 2590
Wellington 6011
DX SP 23534

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