June 2015 Pipiri – Contents

Court of Appeal - Te Kōti Pīra

Judicial review - use of land in a Treaty settlement - Attorney-General v Ririnui [2015] NZCA 160 - Leo Watson

Māori Appellate Court - Te Kōti Pīra Māori

Occupation orders – lower Court exercised its discretion improperly - Howell v Jaram [2015] Māori Appellate Court MB 365 (2015 APPEAL 365)

Succession – nothing in Act to suggest succession must follow the male line – Keepa v Vercoe - Ruatoki B13A2A [2015] Māori Appellate Court MB 196 (2015 APPEAL 196)

Trusts – removal of trustee – order for removal set aside – Keepa v Vercoe - Ruatoki B92 [2015] Māori Appellate Court MB 189 (2015 APPEAL 189)

Costs – lower Court erred in awarding costs solely against one former trustee – Gemmell v Gemmell - Mohaka A4 Trust [2015] Māori Appellate Court MB 114 (2015 APPEAL 114)

Māori Land Court - Te Kōti Whenua Māori

Māori fisheries - criteria for coastline entitlement - Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Limited v Te Runanga Nui o Te Aupōuri (2015) 102 Taitokerau MB 1 (102 TTK 1)

Māori fisheries - matter bound to be referred to the Court – Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Limited v Te Rūnanga Nui o Te Aupouri (2014) 78 Taitokerau MB 112 (78 TTK 112)

Injunction - interim injunction granted - Davies v The Trustees of the Te Tii Waitangi B3 Ahu Whenua Trust - Lot 16 DP 61631 and Lot 18 DP 61631 (2015) 104 Taitokerau MB 139 (104 TTK 139)

Injunction - declined - dwelling on roadway not a substantial interference - Putataua Bay Holdings Limited v Pere (2015) 105 Taitokerau MB 103 (105 TTK 103)

Jurisdiction – power of Court to make orders at a judicial conference - Taunoka Trust v Trustees of the Mangaporou Trust (2015) 337 Aotea MB 131 (337 AOT 131)

Costs – special aid not a shield against a costs award - Trustees of the Horina Nepia & Te Hiwi Piahana Whānau Trust v Ngati Tukorehe Tribal Committee & Tahamata Incorporation (2014) 319 Aotea MB 238 (319 AOT 238)

Costs - unreasonable claim - reduced amount awarded - Huata-Kupa v Tataraakina C Trust - Tataraakina C Trust (2015) 40 Tākitimu MB 207

Costs - reasonable amount awarded for costs incurred - Ngamoki-Cameron - The Proprietors of Mangaroa (2015) 119 Waiariki MB 225 (119 WAR 225)

Charging orders - granted against land for unpaid rates - Kaka v Ruapehu District Council - Ohura South N2E1B (2015) 337 Aotea MB 143

Status of land - insufficient evidence to grant application to change - Wallace - Section 8B No 1 Block IV Waitara Survey District (2015) 337 Aotea MB 61 (337 AOT 61)

Trusts – trustee to account for profits received in breach of duty – Savage v Adlam – Lot 39A Sec 2A Parish of Matatā (2014) 95 Waiariki MB 176 (95 WAR 176)

Trusts – no relief from trustees' liability to reimburse - Moeahu v Winitana - Waiwhetu Pa No 4 (2014) 319 Aotea MB 166 (319 AOT 166)

Trusts - relief from liability of trustees who acted reasonably and honestly - Deputy Registrar v Trustees of Okahukura 8M2C2C2B Trust (2015) 337 Aotea MB 101 (337 AOT 101)

Trusts - application to replace trustees declined - Milne - Te Kainga O Takenui Whānau Trust (2015) 104 Taitokerau MB 28 (104 TTK 28)

Easements and roadways - non-access easement granted - Top Energy Ltd - Whakataha Z1C (2015) 104 Taitokerau MB 108 (104 TTK 108)

Waitangi Tribunal - Te Rōpū Whakamana i Te Tiriti o Waitangi

From District Inquiries to Kaupapa Inquiries: a new horizon for the Waitangi Tribunal - Andrew Row

Legislation - Ngā Whakaturetanga

Review of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 – exposure draft Bill and consultation - Haratua 2015

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Judicial review – use of land in a Treaty settlement – Attorney-General v Ririnui

Attorney-General v Ririnui

Court of Appeal [2015] NZCA 160

12 May 2015

The Court of Appeal granted the Attorney-General's appeal against the High Court's decision in a judicial review application brought on behalf of Ngāti Whakahemo about the sale of a farm owned by Landcorp.

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Occupation orders – lower Court exercised its discretion improperly – Howell

Howell v Jaram

[2015] Māori Appellate Court MB 365 (2015 APPEAL 365)

23 June 2015

Appeal allowed against a decision of the lower Court amending an occupation order over Omaio 43 Section 4 Block pursuant to s 330. In exercising its discretion the lower Court failed to take into account a relevant factor, proceeded on a wrong principle and had taken into account an irrelevant factor.

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Succession – nothing in Act to suggest succession must follow the male line – Keepa

Keepa v Vercoe - Ruatoki B13A2A

[2015] Māori Appellate Court MB 196 (2015 APPEAL 196)

20 May 2015

Mr Keepa appealed against a decision of the lower Court, arguing that he should have been found entitled to succeed to the Māori land interests of his sister. Mr Keepa’s argument was based on a proposition that Māori land interests are a taonga tuku iho and should follow the male line. Appeal dismissed.

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Trusts – removal of trustee – order for removal set aside – Keepa

Keepa v Vercoe - Ruatoki B92

[2015] Māori Appellate Court MB 189 (2015 APPEAL 189)

20 May 2015

Appeal against a decision of the lower Court removing Mr Keepa as a trustee of Ruatoki B92. The appeal was allowed because there were procedural deficiencies in the lower Court’s decision.

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Costs – lower Court erred in awarding costs solely against one former trustee – Gemmell

Gemmell v Gemmell - Mohaka A4 Trust

[2015] Māori Appellate Court MB 114 (2015 APPEAL 114)

8 May 2015

Appeal against an award of costs. The Appellate Court considered the lower Court erred in its approach. It set aside the order previously made against one former trustee and substituted its own decision on costs payable and allocation of responsibility for payment of those costs.

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Injunction – interim injunction granted – Davies

Davies v The Trustees of the Te Tii Waitangi B3 Ahu Whenua Trust - Lot 16 DP 61631 and Lot 18 DP 61631

Māori Land Court (2015) 104 Taitokerau MB 139 (104 TTK 139)

10 June 2015

Application for an interim injunction granted.

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Injunction – declined – dwelling on roadway not a substantial interference – Putataua Bay Holdings Limited

Putataua Bay Holdings Limited v Pere

Māori Land Court (2015) 105 Taitokerau MB 103 (105 TTK 103)

23 June 2015

Application for an injunction to require removal of a dwelling dismissed.

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Charging orders – granted against land for unpaid rates – Kaka

Kaka v Ruapehu District Council - Ohura South N2E1B

Māori Land Court (2015) 337 Aotea MB 143

9 June 2015

Charging order earlier made against land for unpaid rates affirmed after a rehearing.

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Māori fisheries – criteria for coastline entitlement – Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Limited

Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Limited v Te Runanga Nui o Te Aupōuri - application under s 182(4), Maori Fisheries Act 2004

Māori Land Court (2015) 102 Taitokerau MB 1 (102 TTK 1)

1 May 2015

Download Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Limited v Te Rūnanga Nui o Te Aupōuri (315 KB PDF). read more

Māori fisheries – matter bound to be referred to the Court – Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Limited

Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Limited v Te Rūnanga Nui o Te Aupouri

Māori Land Court (2014) 78 Taitokerau MB 112 (78 TTK 112)

16 April 2014

Interim decision of the Court setting out the reasons for the oral indication that the Court has jurisdiction to inquire into a dispute referred to it by Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Limited.

Download Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Limited v Te Rūnanga Nui o Te Aupouri (123 KB PDF) here. read more

Jurisdiction – power of Court to make orders at a judicial conference – Taunoka Trust

Taunoka Trust v Trustees of the Mangaporou Trust

Māori Land Court (2015) 337 Aotea MB 131 (337 AOT 131)

10 June 2015

The Court has no power to make binding orders at judicial conferences.

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Costs – special aid not a shield against a costs award – Nepia

Trustees of the Horina Nepia & Te Hiwi Piahana Whānau Trust v Ngati Tukorehe Tribal Committee & Tahamata Incorporation

Māori Land Court (2014) 319 Aotea MB 238 (319 AOT 238)

5 May 2014

Costs awarded against a party granted special aid.

Download Trustees of the Horina Nepia & Te Hiwi Piahana Whānau Trust v Ngati Tukorehe Tribal Committee & Tahamata Incorporation (194 KB PDF) here. read more

Costs – reasonable amount awarded for costs incurred – Ngamoki-Cameron

Ngamoki-Cameron - The Proprietors of Mangaroa & Other Blocks Inc

Māori Land Court (2015) 119 Waiariki MB 225 (119 WAR 225)

19 May 2015

The applicant was entitled to a reasonable amount for costs incurred both as a lay particpant in some aspects of the proceedings and in relation to portions where counsel was engaged.

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Costs – unreasonable claim – reduced amount awarded – Huata-Kupa

Huata-Kupa v Tataraakina C Trust - Tataraakina C Trust

Māori Land Court (2015) 40 Tākitimu MB 207 (40 TKT 207)

29 May 2015

Costs claimed were excessive. The applicant received a reduced amount subject to findings in substantive proceedings.

Download Huata-Kupa v Tataraakina C Trust - Tataraakina C Trust (258 KB PDF) here. read more

Trusts – Relief from liability of trustees who acted reasonably and honestly – Deputy Registrar

Deputy Registrar v Trustees of Okahukura 8M2C2C2B Trust

Māori Land Court (2015) 337 Aotea MB 101 (337 AOT 101)

22 May 2015

Expenditure by trustees in breach of trust. Relief granted from the requirement to reimburse this expenditure.

Download Deputy Registrar v Trustees of Okahukura 8M2C2C2B Trust (187 KB PDF) here. read more

Status of land – insufficient evidence to grant application to change – Wallace

Wallace - Section 8B No 1 Block IV Waitara Survey District

Māori Land Court (2015) 337 Aotea MB 61 (337 AOT 61)

21 May 2015

Application to change status of land from Māori freehold to general land declined.

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Trusts – no relief from liability to reimburse – Moeahu

Moeahu v Winitana - Waiwhetu Pa No 4

Māori Land Court (2014) 319 Aotea MB 166 (319 AOT 166)

30 April 2014

Decision on whether a trustee should be granted relief from liability to reimburse trust property after committing breaches of trust. The trustee had not acted reasonably. Relief could not be granted.

Download Moeahu v Winitana - Waiwhetu Pa No 4 (168 KB PDF) here. read more

Trusts – application to replace trustees declined – Milne

Milne - Te Kainga O Takenui Whānau Trust

Māori Land Court (2015) 104 Taitokerau MB 28 (104 TTK 28)

29 May 2015

Application to replace trustees declined.

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Easements and roadways – non-access easement granted – Top Energy Ltd

Top Energy Ltd - Whakataha Z1C

Māori Land Court (2015) 104 Taitokerau MB 108 (104 TTK 108)

8 June 2015

Application for non-access electricity easements granted.

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From District Inquiries to Kaupapa Inquiries: a new horizon for the Waitangi Tribunal

Following the 2014 release of the Waitangi Tribunal's Strategic Direction for 2014–2025, the Tribunal has now released a programme of inquiries into groups of unresolved claims that have a common kaupapa (subject).
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