How should the law apply to heirlooms?

The items of property a family use in their home will usually be relationship property.

However, the law specifically excludes heirlooms and says they are not to be shared when a relationship ends.

Heirlooms are a special type of property. They are a family treasure and they cannot be replaced by another object. We think it is right that heirlooms are protected from division, but we want to hear what you think. We also want to know what you think makes something an heirloom.

What do you think?

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As well as heirlooms, we want to know whether there are other special types of property that ought to be exempt from sharing.

One type of property might be property that has a special meaning to its owner. For example, someone might be awarded a valuable ornament for winning a competition or in recognition of outstanding services.

Another type of property might be property that has special cultural significance. There are important ways in which certain items of property are viewed in tikanga Māori. In tikanga Māori and the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 we talk about Māori land and taonga and why these items should be exempt from sharing when a relationship ends.

We want to hear whether there are items of property that should be exempt from sharing because they have special cultural significance.

What do you think?

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