Customary Marine Title

The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 provides a legal framework for iwi, hapu and whanau interested to be recognised in the marine and coastal areas around New Zealand. It gives groups the chance to obtain Customary Marine Title, which recognises that the group has an interest in a specific area of the coast and gives the group certain rights.

Environment Southland has been notified of four Customary Marine Title applications for coastal waters in Southland, lodged with the High Court (see map below).

Current effect on resource consent applications

All prospective applicants for resource consents for coastal activities in Southland must, before making the resource consent application to Environment Southland:

  • Check the map below
  • Identify which iwi groups have applied for Customary Marine Title in the area affected by the resource consent application
  • Notify  the iwi groups (using the contact details below) and 'seek their views' on the application
  • Provide with the consent application any views expressed by the iwi groups

Environment Southland will consider the views of the Customary Marine Title group when making decisions on coastal resource consent applications. 

Future effect on consent applications

If Customary Marine Title is awarded to these groups, activities requiring a resource consent (including controlled activities) will not be able to be undertaken unless an 'RMA permission right' has been obtained from the group.

We will update this page if Customary  Marine Title is awarded to the groups listed below.

Are you applying for a consent to carry out an activity in the coastal marine area? Check out this map to see if you need to consult with one of these Customary Marine Title groups.

Information from the Attorney-General

Annexures to Memorandum of Attorney-General - 2 June 2017

Memorandum of counsel for the Attorney-General - 2 June 2017


Te Whanau o Topi

ContactAddress for service​
​Colin Wayne TopiRicky Fife
41 Kauri Street

Landowners of Ruapuke Island Group

​ContactAddress for service​
​Melvin Hutchinson Herbert Cain, Jasmine Stewart and Christian Fie​Justine Inns
Oceanlaw New Zealand
PO Box 921

Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu

ContactAddress for service​
​Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu on behalf of Ngāi Tahu Whānui​Te Whare o Te Waiponamu
15 Show Place
Christchurch 8024
Rachel Brown
Bell Gully
PO Box 1291
Wellington 6140

New Zealand Maori Council

​ContactAddress for service​
​Rihari Dargaville for an order recognising rights of New Zealand Maori Council members​C/o H Sharrock
Rightlaw Limited
11 Kaihu Street
Auckland 0627

Cletus Maanu Paul on behalf of all Maori

​ContactAddress for service​
​Cletus Maanu Paul for an order recognising Customary marine title for all Maori​Janet Mason
Phoenix Law Limited
PO Box 27400, Marion Square
200 Willis Street
Wellington 6011
Page reviewed: 22 Jun 2018 10:04am