November 2016 Whiringa-ā-rangi – Contents

Māori Appellate Court - Te Kōti Pīra Māori

Trusts - rights to pursue remedies vested in trustees - Monschau v Bamber - Tahorakuri A No 1 Section 33A2 [2016] Māori Appellate Court MB 286 (2016 APPEAL 286) - Toni Love

Partition - appeal dismissed - insufficient support and lack of necessity - MacDonald v MacDonald - Wairau Block XII Section 6C2C [2016] Māori Appellate Court MB 259 (2016 APPEAL 259) - Toni Love

Settlement - agreement given effect by lower court generous - Ujdur - Te Kao 86,87,91, and 108 [2016] Māori Appellate Court MB 229 (2016 APPEAL 229) - Toni Love

Procedure - appeal withdrawn - no issue as to costs - Kingi v Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Limited - Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) Fisheries Trust [2016] Māori Appellate Court MB 388-389 (2016 APPEAL 388-389) - Toni Love

Costs - two thirds of High Court 2B scale - MacDonald v MacDonald - Wairau Block XII 6C2C [2016] Māori Appellate Court MB 370 (2016 APPEAL 370) - Toni Love

Costs - half of costs - deductions made before final award determined - Matthews v Matthews - Estate of Graham Ngahina Matthews [2016] Māori Appellate Court 212 (2016 APPEAL 212) - Toni Love

Māori Land Court - Te Kōti Whenua Māori

Injunction - interim injunction granted - trustee expenditure - Sherard v Devereux and others - Otakanini Māori Reservation (Haranui Marae) (2016) 140 Taitokerau MB 60 (140 TTK 60) - Martha Reilly

Representation of Māori – order appropriate – Ngāti Pu – Shaw v Ngati Huarere Ki Whangapoua - Ngāti Pu representation (2016) 124 Waikato Maniapoto MB 3 (124 WMN 3) - Martha Reilly

Chief Judge's powers – whānau trust amended - excluding interests not connected with land - Hingston v Hiroti (2016) Chief Judge's MB 672 (2016 CJ 672) - Martha Reilly

Chief Judge's powers - succession order amended to include applicant - Sadaraka - Estate of Wiremu Te Hira Jack Kino (2016) Chief Judge's MB 880 (2016 Chief Judge's MB 880) - Martha Reilly

Chief Judge's powers – order amended - land vested back in deceased - Deputy Registrar - Estate of Hohepa Ripia (2016) 2016 Chief Judge's MB 869 (2016 CJ 869) - Martha Reilly

Ownership - no jurisdiction as dwellings are chattels - Connor - Pataua 4B (2016) 130 Taitokerau MB 17 (130 TTK 17) - Emerald UnRuh

Ownership – owner of house determined - Pomare v Pomare - Utakura No 8 (2016) 140 Taitokerau MB 39 (140 TTK 39) - Martha Reilly

Costs - 50% of costs actually and reasonably incurred - following event - Stockman v Lee (2016) 117 Waikato Maniapoto MB 298 (117 WMN 298) - Indiana Shewen

Costs - in advance of grant of special aid - declined - Te Wani v Peters - Te Puru No 5 (2016) 119 Waikato Maniapoto MB 275 (119 WMN 275) - Emerald UnRuh

Status of land - land remains Māori freehold land - Cross - Horowhenua 9A6B1 (2016) 349 Aotea MB 28 (349 AOT 28) - Indiana Shewen

Status of land - indefeasibility - Māori freehold status affirmed - Cross - Horowhenua 9A6B1 (2016) 355 Aotea MB 199 (355 AOT 199) - Martha Reilly

Status of land – change from Māori freehold land rejected - Paikea - Otara 5D1 (2016) 140 Taitokerau MB 78 (140 TTK 78) - Martha Reilly

Status of land - vest land in successors of original owners - conditional order - Chief Executive of Land Information New Zealand v Taare - Awapuni 1F3 (2016) 60 Tairawhiti MB 90 (60 TRW 90) - Martha Reilly

Partition - application adjourned - Seymour  Paenoa - Te Akau Trust - Paenoa Te Akau (Balance) Block (2016) 139 Waiariki MB 113 (139 WAR 113) - Martha Reilly

Trusts - vary whānau trust to faciliate sale of Māori land - dismissed - Kingi - Tangonui Falkland Kingi Whanau Trust (2016) 358 Aotea MB 87 (358 AOT 87) - Martha Reilly

Trusts - vary whānau trust order to facilitate sale – rehearing granted - Kingi - Tangonui Falkland Kingi Whanau Trust (2016) 358 Aotea MB 126 (358 AOT 126) - Martha Reilly

Trusts - lease set aside - trustee removal dismissed - The Māori Trustee v Smith - Waipaoa 5A2 (2016) 62 Tairawhiti MB 122 (62 TRW 122) - Martha Reilly

Succession - dismissed - evidence of identity - Burgess - Estate of Tangahoe Rawahirua (2016) 350 Aotea MB 181 (350 AOT 181) - Indiana Shewen

Succession – interim decision - DNA testing - Kepa v Kautai - Estate of James Keepa (2016) 52 Takitimu MB 256 (52 TKT 256) - Martha Reilly

Succession – Māori land interests vested in natural issue - whāngai life interest - Nolan - Estate of Wiremu Eruera Pohe (2016) 139 Taitokerau MB 170 (139 TTK 170) - Martha Reilly

Māori reservation - recommendation an urupā set aside - Graham - Parish of Komakorau Lot 240B 2 (2016) 124 Waikato Maniapoto MB 188 (124 WMN 188) - Indiana Shewen

Māori reservation - application to designate land as Māori reservation dismissed - Thomson - Omahu 4C4 Ahu Whenua Trust (2016) 48 Takitimu MB 249 (48 TKT 249) - Martha Reilly


Partition – appeal dismissed – insufficient support and lack of necessity – MacDonald

MacDonald v MacDonald - Wairau Block XII Section 6C2C 

[2016] Māori Appellate Court MB 259 (2016 APPEAL 259)

7 June 2016

An appeal from a decision of the lower court was dismissed. The lower court was correct; there was insufficient support and a lack of necessity for the partition.

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Trusts – rights to pursue remedies vested in trustees – Monschau

Monschau v Bamber - Tahorakuri A No 1 Section 33A2 

[2016] Māori Appellate Court MB 286 (2016 APPEAL 286)

29 June 2016

This appeal, which was allowed, was about the rights vested in trustees to pursue remedies relating to the land. The Court examined the scope of the vesting in the ahu whenua trustees concluding the trustees were empowered to pursue the remedies they were attempting to in fact and as a matter of law.

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Settlement agreement given effect by lower court generous – Ujdur

Ujdur - Te Kao 86,87,91, and 108

[2016] Māori Appellate Court MB 229 (2016 APPEAL 229)

10 May 2016

Appeal dismissed from a lower court order giving effect to a settlement agreement. The appellant received a generous award. The appeal lacked merit.

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Representation of Māori – order appropriate – Ngāti Pu – Shaw

Shaw v Ngati Huarere Ki Whangapoua - Ngāti Pu representation

Māori Land Court (2016) 124 Waikato Maniapoto MB 3 (124 WMN 3)

14 July 2016

Application granted to determine representation for a group of Māori. The Court recognised the utility of an order but urged counsel to discuss the terms outside of Court. The final order will be conditional on a review pending the conclusion of substantive Huaraki Treaty settlement negotiations.

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Procedure – appeal withdrawn – no issue as to costs – Kingi

Kingi v Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Limited - Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) Fisheries Trust

[2016] Māori Appellate Court MB 388-389 (2016 APPEAL 388-389)

11 October 2016

This appeal was withdrawn with both parties agreeing there is no issue as to costs.

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Costs – two thirds of High Court 2B scale – MacDonald

MacDonald v MacDonald - Wairau Block XII 6C2C

[2016] Māori Appellate Court MB 370 (2016 APPEAL 370)

27 September 2016

The Court awarded two thirds of High Court 2B scale costs (Māori Appellate Court proceedings) with the lower court to determine costs in that court.

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Costs – half of costs – deductions made before final award determined – Matthews

Matthews v Matthews - Estate of Graham Ngahina Matthews

[2016] Māori Appellate Court 212 (2016 APPEAL 212)

4 May 2016

Costs award of 50% of total costs plus disbursements. Deductions from total costs included the appellants' unsuccessful application to adduce new evidence and second counsel costs, and the costs associated with the respondent's successful opposition to the application to adduce new evidence.

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Status of land – indefeasibility – Māori freehold status affirmed – Cross

Cross - Horowhenua 9A6B1

Māori Land Court (2016) 355 Aotea MB 199 (355 AOT 199)

19 July 2016

Following an interim judgment, the applicant was given a further opportunity to make submissions regarding the status of the land and its current ownership. The applicant also sought an order that the land is General Land. The Court confirmed that the land remains Māori freehold and that the applicant owns the land.

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Chief Judge’s powers – succession order amended – new evidence – vested solely in applicant – Morris

Morris - Pani Te Wairemana Morris Succession

Māori Land Court (2016) 2016 Chief Judge's MB 792 (2016 CJ 792)

28 September 2016

Application seeking amendment of succession order, dated 7 February 1994, granted. Court satisfied that an incorrect decision was made due to error in the presentation of facts. Order granted to vest the land shares of the deceased solely in the applicant, as intended according to the will provided.

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Succession – surviving spouse – life interest – no separation agreement – Tawhi

Tawhi - Estate of Te Autu Nick Tawhi

Māori Land Court (2016) 143 Waiariki MB 115 (143 WAR 115)

29 June 2016

The deceased's spouse obtained a life interest in his estate. She was entitled under the Act despite being separated from him for more than 10 years.

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Status of land – change from Māori freehold land rejected – Paikea

Paikea - Otara 5D1

Māori Land Court (2016) 140 Taitokerau MB 78 (140 TTK 78)

8 November 2016

Application seeking to change status of land from Māori freehold land to General land dismissed. The applicants failed to satisfy the Court that the land would be managed or utilised more effectively were it General land.

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Status of land – vest land in successors of original owners – conditional order – Land Information New Zealand

The Chief Executive of Land Information New Zealand v Taare - Awapuni 1F3

Māori Land Court (2016) 60 Tairawhiti MB 90 (60 TRW 90)

19 July 2016

Extension of time to meet condition of vesting in response to submissions that the conditional vesting order had lapsed.

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Costs – in advance of grant of special aid – declined – Te Wani

Te Wani v Peters - Te Puru No 5

Māori Land Court (2016) 119 Waikato Maniapoto MB 275 (119 WMN 275)

3 August 2016

The respondent was granted the ongoing right to occupy Te Puru Block No 5, on the condition that rent and rates (including arrears) are paid in full. Applicants seek to be awarded 50% of costs incurred prior to receipt of Special Aid following 2016 decision. No costs awarded due to lack of evidence of any exceptional circumstances.

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Costs – 50% of costs actually and reasonably incurred – following event – Stockman

Stockman v Lee

Māori Land Court (2016) 117 Waikato Maniapoto MB 298 (117 WMN 298)

6 April 2016

Application for costs following dismissal of an application seeking termination of a trust. Costs awarded in favour of the successful respondents.

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Status of land – land remains Māori freehold land – Cross

Cross - Horowhenua 9A6B1

Māori Land Court (2016) 349 Aotea MB 28 (349 AOT 28)

29 February 2016

The applicant sought orders concerning the ownership and status of the Horowhenua 9A6B1 block. The land remained Māori freehold land.

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Ownership – no jurisdiction as dwellings are chattels – Connor

Connor - Pataua 4B

Māori Land Court (2016) 130 Taitokerau MB 17 (130 TTK 17)

12 May 2016

Application to determine ownership of dwellings dismissed as structures were chattels belonging to the applicant, and therefore lay outside the jurisdiction of the court.

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Partition – application adjourned – Seymour

Seymour  Paenoa - Te Akau Trust - Paenoa Te Akau (Balance) Block

Māori Land Court (2016) 139 Waiariki MB 113 (139 WAR 113)

18 April 2016

Application seeking partition of land adjourned. Applicant required to meet with owners of Paenoa Te Akau A Block and provide further details regarding the necessity of the partition.

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Succession – dismissed – evidence of identity – Burgess

Burgess - Estate of Tangahoe Rawahirua

Māori Land Court (2016) 350 Aotea MB 181 (350 AOT 181)

11 April 2016

Application to vest the interests of an estate in the applicant dismissed due to insufficient evidence to prove the applicant was the legitimate successor.

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Trusts – vary whānau trust order to facilitate sale – rehearing granted – Kingi

Kingi - Tangonui Falkland Kingi Whanau Trust

Māori Land Court (2016) 358 Aotea MB 126 (358 AOT 126)

27 September 2016

Rehearing of an application seeking a variation of a trust order to alienate trust land granted.

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Trusts – vary whānau trust to faciliate sale of Māori land – dismissed – Kingi

Kingi - Tangonui Falkland Kingi Whanau Trust

Māori Land Court (2016) 358 Aotea MB 87 (358 AOT 87)

26 September 2016

Applicant sought to vary trust order to allow the alienation of land by sale to a beneficiary of the Tangonui Falkland Kingi Whānau Trust. Application dismissed.

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Māori reservation – recommendation an urupā set aside – Graham

Graham - Parish of Komakorau Lot 240B 2

Māori Land Court (2016) 124 Waikato Maniapoto MB 188 (124 WMN 188)

29 July 2016

Application granted to set aside an urupā.

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Chief Judge’s powers – order amended – land vested back in deceased – Deputy Registrar

Deputy Registrar - Estate of Hohepa Ripia

Māori Land Court (2016) 2016 Chief Judge's MB 869 (2016 CJ 869)

20 October 2016

Application seeking to reopen and amend a 1997 order, granted. Order given to vest land interests back in the name of the deceased.

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Injunction – interim injunction granted – trustee expenditure – Sherard

Sherard v Devereux and others - Otakanini Māori Reservation (Haranui Marae)

Māori Land Court (2016) 140 Taitokerau MB 60 (140 TTK 60)

31 October 2016

The applicant sought an interim injunction against the respondent trustees of the Māori Reservation, to control trust expenditure. The application was granted.

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Ownership – owner of house determined – Pomare

Pomare v Pomare - Utakura No 8

Māori Land Court (2016) 140 Taitokerau MB 39 (140 TTK 39)

1 November 2016

Applications to determine ownership of a house. The house resides on Māori freehold land of which the applicants are co-owners. Order granted declaring second applicant as legal owner of house.

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