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As a permitted activity, you can build one main dwelling (house) and one minor dwelling (no more than 50m2 gross floor area) per Title. If the building is a 'permitted activity' you will not need to apply for resource consent - However, you will need a building consent.
Section 44 of the Building Act 2004 requires owners of land to apply for a building consent before undertaking any building work on it. Council requires applicants to prove that they have the right to build on this land before processing any building consent application for it.
Under the same Act, Council is able to ask for any information reasonably required to process an application. In the case of general land, the right to build on land is usually established by the owner simply providing a copy of the certificate of title. With multiple owned Māori freehold land however, being an owner is not enough to prove you have a right to build on the land.
The adjacent flowchart has been developed to help you provide Council with the necessary information to prove you have a right to build on multiple owned Māori freehold land of which you are an owner.
An Occupation Order is issued by the Māori Land Court and grants an owner the right to occupy a house site on Māori freehold land. When deciding whether to grant an Occupation Order, the Court must consider the following:
A Licence to Occupy essentially has the same effect as an Occupation Order, it grants an owner the right to occupy the land. The difference is that a Licence to Occupy is issued by the Trustees of a Trust, and the authority to issue a Licence to Occupy must be provided for in the Deed of Trust.
Council requires that your Licence to Occupy include a site plan (see below).
A Deed of Trust (or Trust Deed) sets out the rules that govern a Trust including the power to issue Licences to Occupy. A Deed of Trust is approved by the Māori Land Court upon the establishment of a Trust.
For further information on the above, contact your local Māori Land Court offices:
Waikato-Maniapoto District Ph (07) 957 7880
Waiariki District Ph (07) 921 7405