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Does the Commission help Māori to access wāhi tapu on private land?
Māori have expressed concern that they sometimes find it difficult to obtain access to wāhi tapu (sacred places) on private land or where they need to obtain access to cross private land to sites of particular significance.
The Commission recognises the importance to Māori of access to wāhi tapu on private land. Some iwi authorities are working with private landowners to arrange better access to wāhi tapu. The Commission notes that it may be able to help explore opportunities to improve access by Māori to sites both through the use of existing access rights such as unformed legal roads and through negotiation and agreement with private landowners.