Registering a marae on a Māori reservation as a charity
If your marae is on a Māori reservation and you would like to apply to become a registered charity, please provide us with the following information.
Kei whea te Whenua Rāhui Māori (Māori reservation location)
Providing us with one of the following will help us locate the Māori reservation for your marae.
- Block name and/or number - Visit the Māori Land Online website (external link) and search for your reservation with the Management Structure search (external link) or the map search (external link) .
- Māori Land Court order - Trustees for a reservation are appointed by the Māori Land Court, and your marae may have a copy of this document. If not, contact the Māori Land Court District office closest to your mara (external link) e, or we can help you locate it.
- Gazette notice relating to the setting apart of land as a Māori reservation - Your marae may have a copy of this notice. If not, search for it on the New Zealand Gazette website (external link) or contact the Māori Land Court (external link) .
Te Tūtohinga (Charter)
If your marae is on a Māori reservation, it should have a charter drawn up by the reservation trustees. Please provide us with this charter if available.
A charter normally includes details about your marae and may include information about the trustees and how the marae runs. If your marae has no charter, please provide us with any other governing document (rules, trust deed, constitution, etc.) that your marae may have.
Ngā Kaitiaki (Trustees)
You will need to provide us with details (names, position, addresses, dates of birth) of the trustees of the Māori reservation (the names registered with the Māori land court). You can find out who is registered as a trustee by searching the Māori Land Online website (www.maorilandonline.govt.nz), or by contacting the Māori Land Court.
A Māori reservation may have trustees for the reservation and a committee that manages the day to day operation of the marae. We do not require details of the committee members. You may choose, however, to name a committee member as the contact person for your marae if the committee takes care of the day-to-day running of your marae.
Mō tō marae (About your marae)
Ko wai mā kei te whai wāhi ki tō marae? | Who is part of your marae?
We will need to know who is part of your marae. This might be:
- wider community
- other specific groups
He aha ngā mahi i tō marae? (What does your marae do?)
Please provide us with as much detail as possible on the activities of your marae.
For example, your marae may:
- provide facilities for hui, whānau gatherings, wānanga, community gatherings and meetings
- organise events throughout the year, including cultural, sporting, local community, fundraising and educational events
- run programmes such as training services, social services or health services
- run events to promote the religious beliefs of your marae
- run language and cultural groups for Māori and the wider community
- hold tangi and unveilings, and look after your urupā
- run other specific activities
He aha ā muri ake nei? (What next?)
When you are ready to apply to become a registered charity, complete the application form online. You can find more information here.
You can use the information on this page to help you complete the relevant sections in the application form.
Before you apply, make sure you understand the obligations of being a registered charity. Your marae will need to report annually to Charities Services using reporting standards and we recommend you read up on these before you apply.
Kei te hiahia āwhina? (Need help)
If you require any help with completing the information in your application form, please
contact us at CCRegistrationinfo@dia.govt.nz, or call us on 0508 CHARITIES (0508 242 748).