Helping Māori to access wāhi tapu

Sometimes Māori find it difficult to get access to wāhi tapu (sacred places) on private land or to cross private land to sites of particular significance.

Access to wāhi tapu is important for Māori. Some iwi authorities are working with private landowners to arrange better access to wāhi tapu.

The Commission may be able to help explore opportunities to improve access by Māori to sites. This could be through the use of existing access rights such as unformed legal roads. And it could be through negotiation and agreement with private landowners.