The nature of Māori Freehold Land (MFL) is different to general land. Differences include ownership structure as often MFL has a large number of owners and the prohibition against further alienation of Māori Freehold Land.

Unused Māori Freehold Land is legally non-rateable, so is not charged any rates except those related to water supply, sewerage, and rubbish collection.

Māori Freehold Land that is partly used may qualify for a remission of rates under Council's Policy on Remission and Postponement of Rates on Māori Freehold Land.

To qualify, the land must be formally recognised as Māori Freehold Land under the relevant legislation.  

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