March 2015 Poutū-te-rangi – Contents

Court of Appeal - Te Kōti Pīra

Arbitration - special leave to appeal Whakarewarewa dispute - Ngāti Hurungaterangi v Ngāti Wāhiao [2014] NZCA 592

High Court - Te Kōti Matua

Strike-out application – Mixed Ownership Model companies – sale of private land - Chetham v Mighty River Power Ltd [2014] NZHC 3202

Māori Land Court - Te Kōti Whenua Māori

Ownership - boundary dispute over Māori freehold land - Paniora v Kereopa – Waipoua 2B3D2A2A and Waipoua 2B3D2A2B2C (2015) 99 Taitokerau MB 227 (99 TTK 227)

Injunctions - interim injunction granted - Hill v Smith - Motatau 2 Section 21B1B1 and Motatau 2 Section 21B1B2 (2015) 99 Taitokerau MB 98

Chief Judge's powers - application to amend Taukihepa order refused - Wright v Ngamoki-Cameron - Aperahama Hutoitoi (2015) Chief Judge's MB 108

Determination as to whether land is held in a fiduciary capacity declinedReweti v Tautari - Lot 1 Depositied Plan 150873 and lot 2 Deposited Plan 150873 being part Waikoukou No 406 (2015) 96 Taitokerau MB 231

Status of land - change from Māori freehold land to general land - Swanson - Waotu South C No 6B (2014) 110 Waiariki MB 187

Trusts – removal – trustee removed after failing to attend meetings without reasonable excuse - Hape v Smith - Part Te Pupuke K No 2 (Māori Reservation) (2015) 99 Taitokerau MB 174 (99 TTK 174)

Trusts - appointment of advisory trustees declined for Māori reservation land - Todd - Mahinepua B1 (2015) 98 Taitokerau MB 257

Trusts - court appointment of trustee and ownership of a building on trust land - Gray - Mohaka A4 Trust Māori Land Court (2014) 36 Takitimu MB 254

Trusts - establishment of an ahu whenua trust over 10 Okahu land blocks - Far North District Council - Okahu 2B2B2 (2015) 97 Taitokerau MB 234

Trusts - ahu whenua trust approved - Napia - Waihou A No 2A No1 (2015) 97 Taitokerau MB 212

Trusts - termination of whānau trust - Millanta v Millanta-Lowrey - Ngaki Tukaki Millanta Whānau Trust (2015) 333 Aotea MB 38

Succession - amendment to order declined - Smallman - Te Rangi Kaiamokura (2015) 2015 Chief Judge's MB 188 (2015 CJ 188)

Procedure - without notice application to seal part of an order under appeal - Barnes v Adlam - Matata Parish 39A 2A Ahu Whenua Trust (2015) 112 Waiariki MB 296

Procedure - recusal of judge for bias – request for recusal declined - Maruera v Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Ltd - Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) Fisheries Trust (2015) 335 Aotea MB 47 (335 AOT 47)

Procedure - joinder – likely future owner of property joined to access proceedings – Stevenson Group Ltd - Wharetoto 2C and Wharetoto 2D (2015) 334 Aotea MB 19 (334 AOT 19)

Resource Management - Ngā Whakahaere Rauemi

Māori interests in natural resource management - 2014 in review by Thaddeus Ryan and Annie O'Conner

Legislation - Ngā Whakaturetanga

Review of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 – advisory group appointed

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Arbitration – special leave to appeal Whakarewarewa dispute – Ngati Hurungaterangi

Ngāti Hurungaterangi v Ngāti Wāhiao

Court of Appeal - Te Kōti Pira [2014] NZCA 592

4 December 2014

Ngāti Hurungaterangi Ngāti Taiotu and Ngāti Te Kahu (Ngāti Whakaue) obtained special leave to appeal an arbitral award regarding tribal lands in the Whakarewarewa Valley.

Download Ngāti Hurungaterangi v Ngāti Wāhiao [2014] NZCA 592 (255 KB PDF). read more

Strike-out application – Mixed Ownership Model companies – sale of private land – Chetham

Chetham v Mighty River Power Ltd

High Court - Te Kōti Matua [2014] NZHC 3202

12 December 2014

Successful application by respondents to strike out a claim that Mighty River Power Ltd’s proposed sale of private land meant that the Crown was acting inconsistently with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. The claim against the proposed sale had no basis at law.

Download Chetham v Mighty River Power Ltd here (676 KB PDF). read more

Ownership – boundary dispute over Māori freehold land – Paniora

Paniora v Kereopa – Waipoua 2B3D2A2A and Waipoua 2B3D2A2B2C

Māori Land Court (2015) 99 Taitokerau MB 227 (99 TTK 227)

31 March 2015

Boundary dispute resulting in damaged fence resolved.

Download Paniora v Kereopa – Waipoua 2B3D2A2A and Waipoua 2B3D2A2B2C (2.7 MB PDF) here.

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Injunctions – interim injunction granted – Hill

Hill v Smith - Motatau 2 Section 21B1B1 and Motatau 2 Section 21B1B2

Māori Land Court (2015) 99 Taitokerau MB 98 (99 TTK 98)

23 March 2015

Application for an interim injunction granted pending determination of an application for exercise of the Chief Judge's special powers (s 45).

Download Hill v Smith - Motatau 2 Section 21B1B1 and Motatau 2 Section 21B1B2 (0.97 MB PDF). read more

Chief Judge’s powers – application to amend Taukihepa order refused – Wright

Wright v Ngamoki-Cameron - Aperahama Hutoitoi

Māori Land Court (2015) Chief Judge's MB 108 (2015 CJ 108)

17 March 2015

Application to amend a 1910 Native Land Court order dismissed. Second application seeking a rehearing of an earlier application for the exercise of special powers dismissed. Observations about the interplay between the jurisdiction of the Rakiura Tītī Committee and that of the Court in relation to land and manu (birding areas).

Download Wright v Ngamoki-Cameron - Aperahama Hutoitoi when available (2.55 MB PDF). read more

Determination as to whether land is held in a fiduciary capacity declined – Reweti

Reweti v Tautari - Lot 1 Depositied Plan 150873 and lot 2 Deposited Plan 150873 being part Waikoukou No 406

Māori Land Court (2015) 96 Taitokerau MB 231 (96 TTK 231)

19 February 2015

Application declined for a determination that land is held in a fiduciary capacity.

Download Reweti v Tautari - Lot 1 Depositied Plan 150873 and lot 2 Deposited Plan 150873 being part Waikoukou No 406 (2.68 MB PDF). read more

Status of land – change from Māori freehold land to general land – Swanson

Swanson - Waotu South C No 6B 

Māori Land Court (2014) 110 Waiariki MB 187 (110 WAR 187)

22 December 2014

Application refused for change of status from Māori freehold land to general land.

Download Swanson - Waotu South C No 6B here (236 KB PDF).

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Trusts – removal – trustee removed after failing to attend meetings without reasonable excuse – Hape

Hape v Smith - Part Te Pupuke K No 2 (Māori Reservation)

Māori Land Court (2015) 99 Taitokerau MB 174 (99 TTK 174)

5 February 2015

Ms Hape applied to have Mr Smith removed as a trustee. The Court ordered Mr Smith’s removal after finding he failed to attend trustee meetings between 2009 and 2014 without reasonable explanation or excuse.

Download Hape v Smith - Part Te Pupuke K No 2 (Māori Reservation) (189 KB PDF) here. read more

Trusts – appointment of advisory trustees declined for Māori reservation land – Todd

Todd - Mahinepua B1

Māori Land Court (2015) 98 Taitokerau MB 257 (98 TTK 257)

17 March 2015

Application for the appointment of advisory trustees to Mahinepua B1 Māori Reservation dismissed.

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Trusts – court appointment of trustee and ownership of a building on trust land – Gray

Gray - Mohaka A4 Trust

Māori Land Court (2014) 36 Takitimu MB 254 (36 TTK 254)

19 December 2014

The Court appointed a responsible trustee, departing from owners' views.

Download Gray - Mohaka A4 Trust here (178 KB PDF). read more

Trusts – establishment of an ahu whenua trust over 10 Okahu land blocks – Far North District Council

Far North District Council - Okahu 2B2B2

Māori Land Court (2015) 97 Taitokerau MB 234 (97 TTK 234)

9 March 2015

Determination as to which of the affected land blocks should be included in the proposed ahu whenua trust.

Download Far North District Council - Okahu 2B2B2 here (399 KB PDF). read more

Trusts – ahu whenua trust approved – Napia

Napia - Waihou A No 2A No1

Māori Land Court (2015) 97 Taitokerau MB 212 (97 TTK 212)

6 March 2015

Application to constitute an ahu whenua trust over Waihou A2A1 granted.

Download Napia - Waihou A No 2A No1 here (215 KB PDF). read more

Trusts – termination of whānau trust – Millanta

Millanta v Millanta-Lowrey - Ngaki Tukaki Millanta Whānau Trust 

Māori Land Court (2015) 333 Aotea MB 38 (333 AOT 38)

30 January 2015

Application granted to terminate a whānau trust.

Download Millanta v Millanta-Lowrey - Ngaki Tukaki Millanta Whānau Trust (131 KB PDF). read more

Succession – amendment to order declined – Smallman

Smallman - Te Rangi Kaiamokura

Māori Land Court (2015) 2015 Chief Judge's MB 188 (2015 CJ 188)

19 March 2015

Application sought to amend a succession order dismissed.

Download Smallman - Te Rangi Kaiamokura (343 KB PDF) here. read more

Procedure – recusal of judge for bias – request for recusal declined – Maruera

Maruera v Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Ltd - Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) Fisheries Trust

Māori Land Court (2015) 335 Aotea MB 47 (335 AOT 47)

30 March 2015

Mr Maruera and Mr Whareaitu requested that Judge Harvey recuse himself from hearing an application by Te Ohu Kai Moana Trustee Ltd. The request was declined.

Download Maruera v Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Ltd - Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) Fisheries Trust (271 KB PDF) here.

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Procedure – without notice application to seal part of an order under appeal – Barnes

Barnes v Adlam - Matata Parish 39A 2A Ahu Whenua Trust 

Māori Land Court (2015) 112 Waiariki MB 296 (112 WAR 296)

9 February 2015

A without notice application to seal part of an order under appeal was declined.

Download Barnes v Adlam - Matata Parish 39A 2A Ahu Whenua Trust  (186 KB PDF). read more

Procedure – joinder – likely future owner of property joined to access proceedings – Stevenson Group Ltd

Stevenson Group Ltd - Wharetoto 2C and Wharetoto 2D

Māori Land Court (2015) 334 Aotea MB 19 (334 AOT 19)

17 March 2015

Stevenson Group applied to have the Court order that Pure 100 be joined as a party to proceedings about access. The Court considered it necessary that Pure 100 be joined as it was likely to become the owner of the property the respondent trustees sought access over.

Download Stevenson Group Ltd - Wharetoto 2C and Wharetoto 2D (198 KB PDF) here. read more

Māori interests in natural resource management: 2014 in review

Thaddeus Ryan and Annie O'Connor from Buddle Findlay’s environment and Māori law team review natural resource management law affecting Māori in 2014. read more

Review of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 – advisory group appointed

The Minister for Māori Development has appointed an advisory group to help to progress law reform of the governance and management of Māori land.

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