February 2016 Hui tanguru – Contents

Court of Appeal – Te Kōti Pīra o Aotearoa

Trusts – appointment of trustees – delegation – costs – Crown Forestry Rental Trust - New Zealand Māori Council & Ors v Foulkes & Ors [2015] NZHC 489, [2015] NZHC 1376, [2015] NZHC 2019, [2015] NZHC 2063, [2015] NZCA 552

Māori Land Court - Te Kōti Whenua Māori

Rights in Māori freehold land - equitable interest - life occupation granted - Thompson - Estate of Walter William Wihongi (2015) 117 Taitokerau MB 245 (117 TTK 245)

Procedure - stay of proceedings granted - dispute resolution clause in lease - Wikitera v Anderson - Rangitoto Tuhua 70B No 1B Block (2015) 106 Waikato Maniapoto MB 201 (106 WMN 201)

Procedure - stay of proceedings dismissed - Tahere v Trustees of Rangihamama X3A - Rangihamama X3A and Omapere Taraire E (2015) 118 Taitokerau MB 194 (118 TTK 194)

Injunction - adjourned - use of homestead - trustee replacement - Rountree v Rountree - Kohatutaka 6A10C1 9 (Te Uranga Trust) (2015) 118 Taitokerau MB 178 (118 TTK 178)

Injunction - interim injunction declined - Cooper v Cooper - Motatau 2 Section 22D (2015) 118 Taitokerau MB 184 (118 TTK 184)

Representation of Māori - Ngāti Pu - Shaw v Ngāti Huarere Ki Whangapoua - Ngāti Pu (2015) 113 Waikato Maniapoto MB 82 (113 WMN 82)

Succession - life interest - whāngai - Koia - Hoani Tau Takahi (deceased) (2015) 133 Waiariki MB 273 (133 WAR 273)

Succession - whāngai - life interest - Morgan v Taiaroa - Estate of Hoani Taiaroa (2015) 344 Aotea MB 176 (344 AOT 176)

Status of land - change of status refused - Makoare - Opanake 2K2K (2015) 112 Taitokerau MB 178 (112 TTK 178)

Alienation - gifts of land - formation of trust - occupation orders - Mane - Waihou A8C1B1 (2015) 117 Taitokerau MB 215 (117 TTK 215)

Alienation - confirmation - Matauri Bay Properties Limited v Proprietors of Matauri X Incorporation - Lot 1 DP 451540 & 71 (2015) 117 Taitokerau MB 39 (117 TTK 39)

Trusts - removal of trustees, review of trust, and partial termination - Taia v Taia - Taia Whanāu Trust (2015) 117 Taitokerau MB 260 (117 TTK 260)

Trusts - removal of trustees - injunction sought - Taurua - Te Tii Waitangi A (2015) 117 Taitokerau MB 260 (117 TTK 260)

Trusts - removal of trustee and enforcing obligations of trust - Vercoe v Keepa - Ruatoki B92 and Ruatoki B13A 2A (2015) 131 Waiariki MB 31 (131 WAR 31)

Trusts - amendments to trust order despite litigation about trustee actions - Barnes v Adlam - Matata Parish 39A 2A Ahu Whenua Trust (2015) 127 Waiariki MB 184 (127 WAR 184)

Trusts - request for information - Matenga-Ohiti Waitio 1E No 3A Trust (2015) 45 Tākitimu MB 184 (45 TKT 184)

Māori reservation – land set aside as urupā - conditions - Graham - Parish of Komakorau Lot 240B2 (2015) 110 Waikato Maniapoto MB 161 (110 WMN 161)

Māori reservations - replacement of trustees - Davies - Te Haroto Marae Māori Reservation (2015) 45 Tākitimu MB 174 (45 TKT 174)

Waitangi Tribunal - Te Rōpū Whakamana i Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Review of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 - Waitangi Tribunal inquiry - initiation, consultation and consent - Toni Love

Waitangi Tribunal procedure - an inquiry plan for the backlog of historical claims - Nicholas Coyle

Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie student essay competition 2015

Not one more acre: opportunity and compromise in Te Ture Whenua Māori Reform - Monique van Alphen Fyfe

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Indigenous Law Speaker Series 2016

Indigenous Law, the State and Legal Pluralism - Professor Bruce Duthu will deliver this seminar on 25 February 2016


Trusts – appointment of trustees – delegation – costs – Crown Forestry Rental Trust

New Zealand Māori Council v Durie

New Zealand Māori Council v Federation of Māori Authorities Inc

High Court and Court of Appeal [2015] NZHC 489, [2015] NZHC 1376, [2015] NZHC 2019, [2015] NZHC 2063, [2015] NZCA 552

16 March, 17 June, 15 August and 28 August (High Court)
6 October 2015 (Court of Appeal)

The High Court considered costs issues from earlier litigation and reappointed Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie as a trustee. The Court of Appeal upheld a High Court decision that the power to appoint trustees is vested in the Māori Appointor alone and is not delegable to any third party entity. The Court of Appeal made observations about the more than $2 million of legal costs paid from the trust property for this largely unproductive litigation remarking that it is unacceptable to use trust funds to pay legal costs of this magnitude.

Download New Zealand Māori Council & Ors v Foulkes & Ors [2015] NZHC 489, [2015] NZHC 1376, [2015] NZHC 2019, [2015] NZHC 2063, [2015] NZCA 552. read more

Rights in Māori freehold land – equitable interest – life occupation granted – Thompson

Thompson - Estate of Walter William Wihongi

Māori Land Court (2015) 117 Taitokerau MB 245 (117 TTK 245)

2 December 2015

The owner of a house on Māori freehold land applied for an occupation order to protect her ability to continue living there. This was while the Court was deciding succession to that land. The applicant did not meet the criteria for an occupation order. However, the Court recognised her interest in the land and granted her occupation rights.

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Procedure – stay of proceedings granted – dispute resolution clause in lease – Wikitera

Wikitera v Anderson - Rangitoto Tuhua 70B No 1B Block

Māori Land Court (2015) 106 Waikato Maniapoto MB 201 (106 WMN 201)

11 September 2015

A stay of the proceeding was granted because the lease the subject of the dispute contains a dispute resolution clause.

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Procedure – stay of proceedings – dismissed – Tahere

Tahere v Trustees of Rangihamama X3A - Rangihamama X3A and Omapere Taraire E

Māori Land Court (2015) 118 Taitokerau MB 194 (118 TTK 194)

21 December 2015

Application for stay of proceedings dismissed.

Download Tahere v Trustees of Rangihamama X3A - Rangihamama X3A and Omapere Taraire E (207 KB PDF) here. read more

Review of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 – Waitangi Tribunal inquiry – initiation, consultation and consent

Initiation, Consultation, and Consent: Chapter 3 of Report into Claims concerning Proposed Reforms to Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 (Pre-publication)

Waitangi Tribunal (Wai 2478, 2016)

5 February 2016

The Waitangi Tribunal inquired urgently into claims about the Crown's process of consultation and proposed reforms to Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993. The Tribunal has issued a chapter of its forthcoming report in advance. This chapter considers the process followed by the Crown in initiating and pursuing the law reform exercise. The Tribunal found that the Crown’s process was flawed because Māori were not properly informed. The Tribunal said that in order to not breach the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, properly informed and broad-based support for the proposed reforms should be obtained.

Download Initiation, Consultation, and Consent: Chapter 3 of Report into Claims concerning Proposed Reforms to Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 (Pre-publication) (1.3 MB PDF). read more

Injunction – interim injunction declined – Cooper

Cooper v Cooper - Motatau 2 Section 22D

Māori Land Court (2015) 118 Taitokerau MB 184 (118 TTK 184)

17 December 2015

Application seeking an interim injunction declined in the context of a succession application.

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Status of land – change of status refused – Makoare

Makoare - Opanake 2K2K

Māori Land Court (2015) 112 Taitokerau MB 178 (112 TTK 178)

16 September 2015

An application to change the status of land from Māori freehold land to General land to facilitate the land's sale was dismissed.

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Alienation – gifts of land – formation of trust – occupation orders – Mane

Mane - Waihou A8C1B1

Māori Land Court (2015) 117 Taitokerau MB 215 (117 TTK 215)

12 November 2015

The Court determined that interests in gifted land relating to a homestead were subject to obligations of trust while other interests were gifted absolutely.  An existing trust was to be reconstituted as a whānau trust.

Download Mane - Waihou A8C1B1 (293 KB PDF) here. read more

Succession – whāngai – life interest – Morgan

Morgan v Taiaroa - Estate of Hoani Taiaroa

Māori Land Court (2015) 344 Aotea MB 176 (344 AOT 176)

30 November 2015

An application for succession by whāngai resulted in creation of a life interest.

Download Morgan v Taiaroa - Estate of Hoani Taiaroa (244 KB PDF) here. read more

Alienation – confirmation – Matauri Bay Properties Limited

Matauri Bay Properties Limited v Proprietors of Matauri X Incorporation - Lot 1 DP 451540 & 71

Māori Land Court (2015) 117 Taitokerau MB 39 (117 TTK 39)

13 November 2015

Application granted for confirmation of alienation of land.

Download  Matauri Bay Properties Limited v Proprietors of Matauri X Incorporation - Lot 1 DP 451540 & 71 (614 KB PDF) here. read more

Trusts – removal of trustees, review of trust and partial termination – Taia

Taia v Taia - Taia Whanāu Trust

Māori Land Court (2015) 117 Taitokerau MB 260 (117 TTK 260)

4 December 2015

Application to remove trustees granted, application to partially terminate the trust dismissed, and application to review trust adjourned.

Download Taia v Taia - Taia Whanāu Trust (217 KB PDF) here. read more

Trusts – removal of trustees – injunction sought – Taurua

Taurua - Te Tii Waitangi A

Māori Land Court (2015) 117 Taitokerau MB 260 (117 TTK 260)

4 December 2015

Application seeking an urgent injunction to remove control of the trust from the respondent trustees and to remove four of those trustees adjourned.

Download Taurua - Te Tii Waitangi A (234 KB PDF) here. read more

Trusts – removal of trustee and enforcing obligations of trust – Vercoe

Vercoe v Keepa - Ruatoki B92 and Ruatoki B13A 2A

Māori Land Court (2015) 131 Waiariki MB 31 (131 WAR 31)

12 November 2015

Application granted to remove a trustee and enforce trust obligations.

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Trusts – amendments to trust order despite litigation about trustee actions – Barnes

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

Māori Land Court (2015) 127 Waiariki MB 184 (127 WAR 184)

10 September 2015

Amendments were proposed to modernise the terms of trust for two trusts. Several issues were considered including whether persons could be trustees of both trusts. The issues were progressed and the court issued directions despite ongoing litigation about trustee actions dealing with the trust property.

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Māori reservation – land set aside as urupā – conditions – Graham

Graham - Parish of Komakorau Lot 240B2

Māori Land Court (2015) 110 Waikato Maniapoto MB 161 (110 WMN 161)

23 November 2015

Conditions for setting aside an urupā not met. Further orders issued giving the parties one further chance to comply.

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Māori reservations – replacement of trustees – Davies

Davies - Te Haroto Marae Māori Reservation

Māori Land Court (2015) 45 Tākitimu MB 174 (45 TKT 174)

9 December 2015

An application to replace trustees of two Māori reservations and another block was granted. The Court rejected objections that there was insufficient notice that trustee appointments were to be considered at meetings.

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Trusts – request for information – Matenga

Matenga-Ohiti Waitio 1E No 3A Trust

Māori Land Court (2015) 45 Tākitimu MB 184 (45 TKT 184)

9 December 2015

Application seeking provision of information and an audit of the trust accounts dismissed.

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Waitangi Tribunal procedure – an inquiry plan for the backlog of historical claims

Memorandum of the Chairperson concerning remaining historical claims

Waitangi Tribunal

22 September 2015

Nicholas Coyle outlines proposed inquiries by the Waitangi Tribunal into remaining historical claims.

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Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie student essay competition 2015 – Not one more acre: opportunity and compromise in Te Ture Whenua Māori Reform

Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie student essay competition 2015

Not One More Acre: Opportunity and Compromise in te Ture Whenua Māori Reform

The Māori Law Review is pleased to publish Monique van Alphen Fyfe's prize winning essay about reform of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 (the Māori Land Act 1993).
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