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 the following information.

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Kei whea te Whenua Rāhui Māori (Māori reservation location)

Providing one of the following will help us locate the Māori reservation for your marae:


Te Tūtohinga (Charter)

If your marae is on a Māori reservation, it should have a charter drawn up by the reservation trustees. Please provide 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 any other governing document (rules, trust deed, constitution, etc.) that your marae may have.

Ngā Kaitiaki (Trustees)

You will need to provide 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(external link) website or by contacting the Māori Land Court.

A Māori reservation may have trustees for the reservation and also have a committee that manages the day to day operation of the marae. We do not require details of the committee members. You may choose 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:

  • iwi
  • hapū
  • whānau
  • church
  • wider community
  • other specific groups.

He aha ngā mahi i tō marae? (What does your marae do?)

Please provide 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.

The information on this page can 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, or call us on 0508 CHARITIES (0508 242 748).

Download a PDF version of the information on this page here. [PDF, 309 KB]