Ngāi Tahu Māori Law Centre

We provide a free legal service for Māori land matters and aim to educate and empower all members of our community.

Ratonga Services

If you need help with Māori land issues or are not sure where to start then contact us by clicking here. Our services are free so there will be no cost to you to make an enquiry. One of our friendly staff members will help work out if we can help and/or point you in the right direction.

We provide legal services relating to Māori freehold land and other matters within Te Kooti Whenua Māori / the Māori Land Court. These include,

  • Succession
  • Trusts
  • Managing communally owned land
  • Historical Kooti Whenua Māori / Māori Land Court research
  • Name changes on Māori freehold land records
  • Correction of Kooti Whenua Māori / Māori Land Court records
  • Gift and sale of Māori freehold land
  • Occupying Māori freehold land
  • Utilising Māori freehold land
  • Kooti Whenua Māori / Māori Land Court Injunctions
  • Other Kooti Whenua Māori / Māori Land Court applications

Our services are free for Ō Mātou Hapori / Our Community. Click here to find out if you qualify for this free service.


Kaupapa Māori mediation service

Our kaupapa Māori mediation service is a mediation service for any type of non-commercial dispute and is open to anyone. Unlike our Māori freehold land services there is a fee of $100.00 (+GST) per hour for our mediation services.


Community education services

We provide community education relating to:

  • Current and past laws around Māori freehold land
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi / the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Making applications to Te Kooti Whenua Māori / the Māori Land Court
  • Kaupapa Māori services


Other places you can find assistance for,

Family Law


Criminal Law


For Ngāi Tahu people,

Kaumātua grants


Education scholarships


If you are unsure of your Iwi, please contact us as we may be able to help you connect with your Iwi.

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