December 2015 Hakihea – Contents

Māori Appellate Court - Te Kōti Pīra Māori

2015 Māori Appellate Court judgments - index

Alienation - vesting order - extent of Court discretion - Matthews v Matthews – Estate of Graham Ngahina Matthews [2015] Māori Appellate Court MB 512 (2015 APPEAL 512) - Andrew Irwin

Māori Land Court - Te Kōti Whenua Māori

2015 Māori Land Court judgments - index

Status of land - title investigation dismissed - Collier v Stevens - Tataweka Island (2015) 107 Waikato Maniapoto MB 161 (107 WMN 161)

Vesting order - application to gift shares dismissed - Wade - Whakarewarewa No 3 Sec 1B Reserve and Whakarewarewa No 2B (2015) 130 Waiariki MB 136 (130 WAR 136)

Alienation of land - confirmation granted - preferred class of alienees - Steedman v Apatu - Owhaoko D 6 Subdn 3 (2015) 341 Aotea MB 164 (341 AOT 164)

Alienation of land - long term lease registered - Awakeri Hot Springs (2002) Ltd v Trustees of the Pukaahu Domain Trust - Pukaahu (2015) 130 Waiariki MB 140 (130 WAR 140)

Trusts - application opposing appointment of trustees dismissed - Powell-Tunapahore 6 (2015) 130 Waiariki MB 160 (130 WAR 160)

Trusts - review of trust - directions to trustees - Perigo - Raetihi Ahu Whenua Trust (2015) 343 Aotea MB 30 (343 AOT 30)

Trusts - variation of trust order - Baker - Te Tii Waitangi B3 (2015) 113 Taitokerau MB 31 (113 TTK 31)

Easements - easement orders confirmed and agent appointed to receive compensation - Top Energy - Whakataha Z1C (2015) 117 Taitokerau MB 87 (117 TTK 87)

Roadways - road line cancelled and land re-vested - Western Bay of Plenty District Council -  Pt Taumata 3A2B Block (2015) 128 Waiariki MB 49 (128 WAR 49)

Landlocked Māori land - right of way - Roberts - Te Touwai B19A1 (2015) 114 Taitokerau MB 131 (114 TTK 131)

Waitangi Tribunal - Te Rōpū Whakamana i Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Waitangi Tribunal procedure - urgent inquiries - Corrections and Reoffending Prisoners Claim - Nicholas Coyle

Waitangi Tribunal procedure - urgent inquiries - Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 (Wai 2478, #2.5.21) - Nicholas Coyle

Waitangi Tribunal procedure - review of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 - consultation - submission by Māori Land Court judges - Toni Love

Legislation - Ngā Whakaturetanga

Treaty settlement legislation before the House of Representatives in 2015 - Dr Carwyn Jones with Stevie-Rae Hart

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2015 Māori Appellate Court judgments – index

This table lists the 2015 judgments of the Māori Appellate Court and contains links to reports about the decisions. read more

2015 Māori Land Court judgments – index

This table lists the 2015 judgments of the Māori Land Court and contains links to reports about the decisions. read more

Status of land – title investigation dismissed – Collier

Collier v Stevens - Tataweka Island

Māori Land Court (2015) 107 Waikato Maniapoto MB 161 (107 WMN 161)

30 September 2015

An application for title investigations to determine the owners of two islands, filed in 1971, was dismissed.

Download Collier v Stevens - Tataweka Island (153 KB PDF) here. read more

Vesting order – application to gift shares dismissed – Wade

Wade - Whakarewarewa No 3 Sec 1B Reserve and Whakarewarewa No 2B

Māori Land Court (2015) 130 Waiariki MB 136 (130 WAR 136)

28 October 2015

Application to gift shares dismissed. There was insufficient evidence to establish the donee was within the preferred class of alienees.

Download Wade - Whakarewarewa No 3 Sec 1B Reserve and Whakarewarewa No 2B (125 KB PDF) here. read more

Alienation of land – confirmation granted – preferred class of alienees – Steedman

Steedman v Apatu - Owhaoko D 6 Subdn 3 

Māori Land Court (2015) 341 Aotea MB 164 (341 AOT 164)

31 August 2015

Application for confirmation of alienation granted.

Download Steedman v Apatu - Owhaoko D 6 Subdn 3 (373 KB PDF) when available. read more

Alienation of land – long term lease registered – Awakeri Hot Springs

Awakeri Hot Springs (2002) Ltd v Trustees of the Pukaahu Domain Trust - Pukaahu

Māori Land Court (2015) 130 Waiariki MB 140 (130 WAR 140)

29 October 2015

Application for Court to register a long term lease granted.

Download Awakeri Hot Springs (2002) Ltd v Trustees of the Pukaahu Domain Trust - Pukaahu (159 KB PDF) here. read more

Trusts – application opposing appointment of trustees dismissed – Powell

Powell-Tunapahore 6

Māori Land Court (2015) 130 Waiariki MB 160 (130 WAR 160)

29 October 2015

Application opposing appointment of trustees dismissed.

Download Powell-Tunapahore 6 (182 KB PDF) here. read more

Trusts – review of trust – directions to trustees – Perigo

Perigo - Raetihi Ahu Whenua Trust

Māori Land Court (2015) 343 Aotea MB 30 (343 AOT 30)

19 October 2015

Application for review of trust concluded and dismissed with directions to the trustees.

Download Perigo - Raetihi Ahu Whenua Trust  (125 KB PDF) here. read more

Trusts – variation of trust order – Baker

Baker - Te Tii Waitangi B3

Māori Land Court (2015) 113 Taitokerau MB 31 (113 TTK 31)

1 October 2015

Application for variation of trust order granted and application for enforcement of trust obligations dismissed.

Download Baker - Te Tii Waitangi B3 (1 MB PDF) here. read more

Easements – easement orders confirmed and agent appointed to receive compensation – Top Energy

Top Energy - Whakataha Z1C

Māori Land Court (2015) 117 Taitokerau MB 87 (117 TTK 87)

26 November 2015

Easement orders were confirmed and an agent was appointed by the Court to hold compensation funds.

Download Top Energy - Whakataha Z1C (148 KB PDF) here. read more

Roadways – road line cancelled and land re-vested – Western Bay of Plenty District Council

Western Bay of Plenty District Council -  Pt Taumata 3A2B Block

Māori Land Court (2015) 128 Waiariki MB 49 (128 WAR 49)

22 September 2015

Applications seeking cancellation of a road line and re-vesting of land in Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Tauranga City Council granted.

Download Western Bay of Plenty District Council -  Pt Taumata 3A2B Block (214 KB PDF). read more

Landlocked Māori land – right of way – Roberts

Roberts - Te Touwai B19A1

Māori Land Court (2015) 114 Taitokerau MB 131 (114 TTK 131)

15 October 2015

Application granted for an order providing reasonable access to landlocked Māori land.

Download Roberts - Te Touwai B19A1  (704 KB PDF) here. read more

Waitangi Tribunal procedure – urgent inquiries – Corrections and Reoffending Prisoners Claim

Applications for urgent hearings concerning the Crown's failure to reduce the number of Māori who reoffend thus reducing the disproportionate number of Māori serving sentences

Waitangi Tribunal Wai 2540, #2.5.4

11 November 2015

The Waitangi Tribunal has granted an urgent inquiry into claims about reducing reoffending by Māori and related work of the Department of Corrections.

Download Applications for urgent hearings concerning the Crown's failure to reduce the number of Māori who reoffend thus reducing the disproportionate number of Māori serving sentences (605 KB PDF). read more

Waitangi Tribunal procedure – review of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 – consultation – submission by Māori Land Court judges

Memorandum-directions of the Presiding Officer regarding the disclosure of the Maori Land Court Judges' submission

Waitangi Tribunal (Wai 2478, #2.5.28)

30 October 2015

The Waitangi Tribunal directed the Crown to disclose the joint submission of the Māori Land Court Judges on the 2015 exposure draft of the Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill. The Crown had refused to provide the submission to the Tribunal as part of the Tribunal's inquiry into the law reform process for this legislation.

Download Memorandum-directions of the Presiding Officer regarding the disclosure of the Maori Land Court Judges' submission (389 KB PDF). read more

Treaty settlement legislation before the House of Representatives in 2015

2015 saw the volume of Treaty legislation passing through the House of Representatives decrease. However, a number of settlements still made significant progress through the legislative process.

Stevie-Rae Hart assisted Dr Carwyn Jones with research and writing for this report. read more

November 2015 Whiringa-ā-rangi – Contents

Court of Appeal - Te Kōti Pīra

Partition - appeal dismissed from refusal to partition land - Whaanga v Smith [2015] NZCA 121 - Craig Linkhorn

High Court - Te Kōti Mātua

Judicial review - trusts - Lake Horowhenua Trust - lawfully created - Paki v Māori Land Court [2015] NZHC 2535 - Andrew Row

Māori Appellate Court - Te Kōti Pīra Māori

Chief Judge's powers - breach of natural justice - Tioro v McCallum - Estate of Ngapiki Waaka Hakaraia [2015] Māori Appellate Court MB 483 (2015 APPEAL 483)

Appeals – leave granted - natural justice issues – Matchitt v Matchitt [2015] Māori Appellate Court MB 433 (2015 APPEAL 433)

Costs – award after appeal withdrawn – Trustees of the Maungatautari 4G Section IV Trust v Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust - Maungatautari No 4G Sec IV Block [2015] 2015 Māori Appellate Court MB 634

Alienation - vesting order - extent of Court discretion - Matthews v Matthews – Estate of Graham Ngahina Matthews [2015] Māori Appellate Court MB 512 (2015 APPEAL 512) - Andrew Irwin

Trusts – trustee appointments – all relevant factors weighed correctly – Mahoney v Trustees of the Nicholas George Te Paa Whānau Trust - Okahu 1 and other blocks [2015] Māori Appellate Court MB 417 (2015 APPEAL 417)

Māori Incorporations – elections – lower Court wrong to order an entire new election – Watson v Parker - The Proprietors of Torere 64 Incorporated [2015] Māori Appellate Court MB 543 (2015 APPEAL 543)

Māori Land Court - Te Kōti Whenua Māori

Injunction - interim injunction granted - Shortland v Tipene - Motatau 2 Section 34A1 (2015) 114 Taitokerau MB 212 (114 TTK 212)

Chief Judge's Powers - order amended - Katipa v Dobbs - Harataunga 2C1 (2015) 2015 Chief Judge's MB 635 (2015 CJ 635)

Encroachment and access - land swap and private right of way created - Smith - Waiomu 3B2B2B3B3 and Waiomu 3B2B2B3B1B (2015) 105 Waikato Maniapoto MB 12 (105 WMN 12)

Trusts - injunction, review of trust and trustee removal - interim judgment - directions issued - Karena v Haines-Winiata - Te Koau A Trust (2015) 43 Takitimu MB 200 (43 TKT 200)

Trusts - appointment of trustees - delay - application adjourned - White v Dodd - Ruaihona Marae (2015) 128 Waiariki MB 155 (128 WAR 155)

Occupation order - sought in substitution - dismissed - Leef v Leef - Panguru A47B (2015) 113 Taitokerau MB 11 (113 TTK 11)

Occupation order - application adjourned - governing trust not functioning - Aramoana v Keno - Allotment 612 Parish of Waiotahi (2015) 128 Waiariki MB 169 (128 WAR 169)

Māori reservation - sufficient support - Tipene - Kaikou Lot 3 13B2 (2015) 114 Taitokerau MB 45 (114 TTK 45)

Waitangi Tribunal - Te Rōpū Whakamana i Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Protecting hapū rangatiratanga - Ngāpuhi Mandate Inquiry Report (Wai 2490, 2015) - Dr Carwyn Jones

Self-government - Whaia Te Mana Motuhake - In Pursuit of Mana Motuhake: Report on the Māori Community Development Act Claim (Wai 2417, 2014) - Rachael Jones with Nicholas Coyle

Waitangi Tribunal procedure - urgent inquiries - Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 (Wai 2478, #2.5.21) - Nicholas Coyle

Waitangi Tribunal procedure - urgent inquiries - Flag referenda (Wai 2534, #2.5.3) - Nicholas Coyle

Book review - Arotakena pukapuka

Still wrestling with laws and histories – a comment on Grant Morris, Prendergast: Legal Villain? - Professor Mark Hickford

Print version

Download the Māori Law Review November 2015 (626 KB PDF)

Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie student essay competition 2015

Our judges have selected Monique van Alphen Fyfe’s essay on the proposed reforms to Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 as the winning entry for 2015. Congratulations Monique. The essay will be published in the February 2016 issue of the Review.


Judicial review – trusts – Lake Horowhenua Trust – lawfully created – Paki

Paki v Māori Land Court

High Court [2015] NZHC 2535

14 October 2015

The High Court confirmed that the Māori Land Court properly constituted the Lake Horowhenua Trust. The case concerned challenges related to an accord entered by parties to restore Lake Horowhenua.

Download Paki v Māori Land Court (335 KB PDF). read more

Alienation – vesting order – extent of Court discretion – Matthews

Matthews v Matthews – Estate of Graham Ngahina Matthews

Māori Appellate Court [2015] Māori Appellate Court MB 512 (2015 APPEAL 512)

29 September 2015

By deed of transfer, a father gifted a significant proportion of his Māori land interests to his son.  The son's siblings contested the vesting and the lower Court imposed a compromise by granting the son a life interest. An appeal by the son was allowed.

Download Matthews v Matthews – Estate of Graham Ngahina Matthews (273 KB PDF). read more

Appeals – leave granted – natural justice issues – Matchitt

Matchitt v Matchitt

[2015] Māori Appellate Court MB 433 (2015 APPEAL 433)

20 August 2015

An appeal was filed against the lower Court's decision 28 weeks after that decision's release. The Appellate Court noted that the 4½-month delay in bringing the notice of appeal was not insignificant. The affidavit in support for leave to appeal out of time provided only a partial explanation for the delay. However, the overall interests of justice favoured granting leave to appeal.

Download Matchitt v Matchitt (279 KB PDF) here. read more

Chief Judge’s powers – breach of natural justice – Tioro

Tioro v McCallum - Estate of Ngapiki Waaka Hakaraia

[2015] Māori Appellate Court MB 483 (2015 APPEAL 483)

28 August 2015

The appellants appealed against a decision of the Chief Judge, arguing they were not given notice of the application. There was no dispute the appellants had not been given notice. A breach of natural justice had occurred. A rehearing was ordered.

Download Tioro v McCallum - Estate of Ngapiki Waaka Hakaraia (228 KB PDF) here. read more

Trusts – trustee appointments – all relevant factors weighed correctly – Mahoney

Mahoney v Trustees of the Nicholas George Te Paa Whānau Trust - Okahu 1 and other blocks

[2015] Māori Appellate Court MB 417 (2015 APPEAL 417)

7 September 2015

The appellants appealed the appointment of an interim trustee of the Ngakahu-Ngakohu Whānau Ahu Whenua Trust. The appeal was dismissed; the appointment could not be faulted.

Download Mahoney v Trustees of the Nicholas George Te Paa Whānau Trust - Okahu 1 and other blocks (197 KB PDF) here.

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Costs – award after appeal withdrawn – Trustees of Maungatautari 4G Sec IV Block

Trustees of the Maungatautari 4G Section IV Trust v Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust - Maungatautari No 4G Sec IV Block

[2015] 2015 Māori Appellate Court MB 634

12 October 2015

The trustees of the Maungatautari 4G Section IV Trust were ordered to pay $25,000 as a contribution towards the respondents’ costs after those trustees withdrew an appeal from a lower court decision.

Download Trustees of the Maungatautari 4G Section IV Trust v Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust - Maungatautari No 4G Sec IV Block (315 KB PDF). read more

Māori Incorporations – elections – lower Court wrong to order an entire new election – Watson

Watson v Parker - The Proprietors of Torere 64 Incorporated

[2015] Māori Appellate Court MB 543 (2015 APPEAL 543)

7 October 2015

The lower Court investigated the 2014 election of members to the committee of management of the Proprietors of Torere 64 Incorporated and, after finding anomalies in the conduct of the election due to invalid votes being counted, declared the election invalid and ordered a new election. Mr Watson appealed, arguing it was open to the Court to appoint the highest polling candidates to the two vacant positions once the invalid votes were discounted. Appeal allowed.

Download Watson v Parker - The Proprietors of Torere 64 Incorporated (393 KB PDF) here. read more

Injunction – interim injunction granted – Shortland

Shortland v Tipene - Motatau 2 Section 34A1

Māori Land Court (2015) 114 Taitokerau MB 212 (114 TTK 212)

16 October 2015

Interim injunction granted to prevent further work being undertaken on a family grave site while discussions occurred.

Download Shortland v Tipene - Motatau 2 Section 34A1 (178 KB PDF). read more