The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana Bill)
* Restores the right of Maori to claim customary title in the courts.
* Sets out criteria for the courts to follow, instead of relying on common law judgments from other countries.
* Gives iwi the right to avoid court and negotiate customary title with the Government.
* Customary title is an ownership title but it can’t be sold and free access will be guaranteed.
* Bill is ready for clause by clause deliberation in committee stages.