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Te reo Māori

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Community Law


Your local Community Law Centre can provide you with free initial legal advice about your rights under the Māori Language Act.

Ministry of Justice


Official forms

For all cases except civil (non-criminal) cases in the District and High Court (see below), download the form “Notice of Intention to Speak Māori” from: www.justice.govt.nz

For civil cases in the District Court, visit the local court and ask for Form 4, “Notice of Intention to Speak Māori”

For civil cases in the High Court, visit the local court and ask for Form G 12, “Notice of Intention to Speak Māori”

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori/Māori Language Commission


The Commission’s website has a range of information and resources.

Te Puni Kōkiri


Te Puni Kōkiri is the principal advisor on Government-Māori relationships. They monitor policy and legislation, and they provide government with high quality policy advice.

Te Mātāwai


Te Mātāwai is an independent body which represents iwi and Māori in providing input into Māori language strategy and investment. Te Mātāwai will provide leadership in promoting the health of te reo for iwi and Māori, including at the community level, and will also support and influence government initiatives aimed at promoting te reo.

The Legal Māori Resource Hub


Explore how Māori language has been used in legal contexts over nearly two centuries. Includes a Dictionary of Māori legal terms and the Legal Māori Corpus.


Also available as a book

The Community Law Manual

The Community Law Manual is a trail-blazing resource that helps Kiwis (and their advocates) help themselves. The Manual contains over 800 pages of easy-to-read legal info, on just about every area of community and personal life. Re-released every year in July, the Manual provides comprehensive answers to common legal questions.

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