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Tikanga Māori and the Property (Relationships) Act 1976

The Property (Relationships) Act 1976 directs how a couple are to divide their property if they separate or one of them dies. It is important social legislation that affects virtually all New Zealanders either directly or indirectly.

It is important that the law recognises tikanga Māori relating to the family. We want to know if you think the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 allows tikanga Māori to operate properly.

We want to know what you think about these questions.

  1. How should the law treat family homes on Māori land?
  2. How should the law treat taonga?
  3. How should the law recognise Māori customary marriage?
  4. How should the law recognise whāngai children?
  5. How should the law accommodate tikanga Māori in agreements that determine how a couple divide their property?
  6. How should the law recognise tikanga Māori in resolving disputes?

 

 

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