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Local Government (Rating of Whenua Māori) Amendment Bill

Introduced on Feb 27, the Bill reforms local govt rating law in regards to Māori land. Allows councils
to write off rates arrears on any land where they cannot be recovered. Allows for greater powers to class such land as non-rateable and sets up a remissions process for Māori freehold land under development. First reading on March 12, opposed by National and ACT and sent to the Māori Affairs Committee. Report back extended from June 29 to August 3.Local Government (Rating of Whenua Māori) Amendment Bill