How to apply for an Occupation right?

To apply for an occupation right you will need the followings:

  • the latest map
  • a current list of land owners
  • the minutes of the family meeting

Updated topography map

The map has to be approved by Chief Surveyor

Updated list of land owners

Obtain list of landowners (Register of Title) from the Land Division.

Call a family meeting

Invite landowners/representatives/power of attorney and occupier of requested area
Set the date, venue and time

 

Chairperson

Check the quorum
State purpose of the meeting
Conduct meeting based on the purpose
Show the topographical map to the family
Resolution - Majority Support
*(Note - Ministry of Justice staff are not permitted to CHAIR nor act as SECRETARY at family meetings)

Minutes Secretary

Note landowners present & represented & Power of Attorney
State the purpose
Note the decisions of family members
State any objections
Resolution - Majority Support
*(Note - Ministry of Justice staff are not permitted to CHAIR nor act as SECRETARY at family meetings)

Typed Minutes

Translate to English if in Maori
Landowners to sign map and Minutes
File application within 6 months of the meeting.

Note:
An occupation right may only be granted to a person or persons being Cook Islands Natives or descendants of Cook Islands Natives (Cook Islands Amendment Act 1946).
It is judicial policy that an occupation right will not be granted to a person under the age of twenty-one.

These are applicable fees for an occupation right application:

  • Application fee
  • Advertising Fee
  • Checking order
  • Order & Sealing
  • Registration
  • *Readvertising fee (only if the hearing has been adjourned)

Please refer to the fees article for the correct charges as these fees may vary from time to time.