December 1993 Contents

Maori Law Review December 1993

Tena Koutou

Welcome to the first issue of the monthly Maori Law Review. The reasons for publishing the review are two-fold.

First, the perennial demand among Maori land law practitioners for a better decisions service. The need is possibly greater now because of the recent introduction of Te Ture Whenua Maori (Maori Land Act) 1993.

Second, the imperative which is emerging for general practitioners to keep abreast of developments in what might be termed "general Maori law". References to Maori concepts and the Treaty of Waitangi now appear in many major statutes and decisions of the general courts. Consequently, practitioners face Maori law problems in a surprising (and growing) number of areas.

Specifically, the review will report on:
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November 1993 Whiringa-ā-rangi – Contents

Māori Appellate Court

Status of land and registration of transfer documents - Court failed to consider equitable interests - McCann - Waipuka 3B1B1 and 3B1B2B1C2A (1993) 11 Tākitimu Appellate MB 2


Status of land and registration of transfer documents – Court failed to consider equitable interests – McCann

McCann - Waipuka 3B1B1 and 3B1B2B1C2A 

Māori Appellate Court (1993) 11 Tākitimu Appellate MB 2 (11 ACTK 2)

17 November 1993

Successful appeal against a decision of the Māori Land Court determining Wilfrid James Lennon to be the owner of the land in question notwithstanding subsequent transactions registered in the Land Transfer Office and other documentation. Appellants had acquired equitable interests via a transfer to them in 1979. Determination of the lower Court revoked and the Appellants declared to be owners as tenants in common in equal shares.

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January 1993 Kohi-tātea – Contents

Māori Appellate Court

Chief Judge's powers - principles relating to the standard of proof - Grant v Raroa - Ngamoe A1B1B (1993) 33 Tairāwhiti Appellate MB 35


Chief Judge’s powers – principles relating to the standard of proof – Grant v Raroa

Grant v Raroa - Ngamoe A1B1B

Māori Appellate Court (1993) 33 Tairāwhiti Appellate MB 35 (33 APGS 35)

27 January 1993

Unsuccessful appeal against the exercise of the Chief Judge's powers. Those powers had been correctly exercised in cancelling an order that was made on the basis of an error in the presentation of facts. The Appellate Court sets out in detail the principles upon which the Chief Judge's powers are to be exercised.

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