Supreme Court - Te Kōti Mana Nui
Judicial review - use of land in a Treaty settlement - Ririnui v Landcorp Farming Limited Supreme Court  NZSC 62 - Leo Watson
High Court - Te Kōti Matua
Procedure – whether interim order to continue - validity of resolutions – serious issue - Durie v Paul  NZHC 683 - James Watson
Māori Land Court - Te Kōti Whenua Māori
Injunction - permanent injunction - granted by a narrow margin - long-term occupant - Walker v Flight - Waipapa 1D 2B 3B (2016) 352 Aotea MB 211 (352 AOT 211) - Emerald UnRuh
Trusts - conditional removal of trustee - cancelled on objections made - MacDonald v Wynyard (2016) 131 Taitokerau MB 149 (131 TTK 149) - Emerald UnRuh
Trusts - application to summon meeting of owners dismissed - Hill v Maori Trustee - Mangatainoka 1BC2B3 (2016) 50 Takitimu MB 28 (50 TKT 28) - Indiana Shewen
Succession - ownership of house on trust land - Anderson – Te Raupo (2015) 99 Taitokerau MB 206 (99 TTK 206) - Toni Love
Legislation - Ngā Whakaturetanga
Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill – the endless quest for justice - Linda Te Aho
Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill - policy statement and explanatory note - Toni Love
Download the Māori Law Review September 2016 (654 KB PDF)
Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie student essay competition 2016
We welcome entries for the 2016 Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie student essay competition sponsored by the Māori Law Review. The competition is open until 5 p.m. Friday 30 September 2016. For details on the competition and how to enter go here.
The Co-editors of the Māori Law Review want to appoint a Student Editor for 2017 to assist with producing the Review.
Indigenous Law Speaker Series 2016
Te Awa Tupua: exploring the legal status of the Whanganui River - Professor Mark Hickford and Gerrard Albert will deliver this seminar on 5 October 2016
Ririnui v Landcorp Farming Limited
Supreme Court  NZSC 62
9 June 2016
The Supreme Court, by majority, allowed this appeal in part against the Court of Appeal's decision in a judicial review application brought on behalf of Ngāti Whakahemo about the sale of a farm owned by Landcorp. Elias CJ, Glazebrook and Arnold JJ found that Landcorp’s decision to sell Whārere farm was susceptible to judicial review, as were the decisions of Ministers in December 2013 and March 2014 not to intervene in the tender process on Ngāti Whakahemo’s behalf. The decision of Ministers in December 2013 not to intervene and the decision of Landcorp to sell Whārere constituted wrongful exercises of public power.
Download Ririnui v Landcorp Farming Limited (PDF 265 KB)
Durie v Paul
High Court  NZHC 683
13 April 2016
This case concerned whether an interim order obtained without notice should continue. The Court decided that the order, that no member of the New Zealand Māori Council was to rely or purport to rely on decisions made at a meeting held in February 2016, should continue in slightly modified form.
Download Durie v Paul (PDF 298 KB). read more
Walker v Flight - Waipapa 1D 2B 3B
Māori Land Court (2016) 352 Aotea MB 211 (352 AOT 211)
12 May 2016
A permanent injunction was granted by a narrow margin against a long-term occupant of the land who did not have permission from the trustees to occupy the land.
Download Walker v Flight - Waipapa 1D 2B 3 B (PDF 267 KB) read more
Anderson – Te Raupo
Māori Land Court (2015) 99 Taitokerau MB 206 (99 TTK 206)
31 March 2015
Application to determine ownership of house built on trust land for the purposes of succession can be made in favour of a non-owner because the house is a fixture and the loan agreement recognises the borrower as the owner.
Download Anderson – Te Raupo (2.6 MB PDF).
MacDonald v Wynyard
Māori Land Court (2016) 131 Taitokerau MB 149 (131 TTK 149)
30 May 2016
A conditional order removing the respondent as a trustee was cancelled. The conditions were not met and the criteria required for removal were not met.
Download MacDonald v Wynyard (PDF 149 KB).
Hill v Maori Trustee - Mangatainoka 1BC2B3
Māori Land Court (2016) 50 Takitimu MB 28 (50 TKT 28)
14 June 2016
Application to summon a meeting of owners dismissed.
Download Hill v Māori Trustee (214 KB PDF) here.
Katu v Peni - Tiroa E and Te Hape B Trusts
Māori Land Court (2016) 126 Waikato Maniapoto MB 215 (126 WMN 215)
7 September 2016
Application seeking recovery of legal costs following 2015 decision granted. Applicant ordered to pay 40% of costs to respondent.
Download Katu v Peni - Tiroa E and Te Hape B Trusts (185 KB PDF).