Chief Judge’s powers – whānau trust amended – excluding interests not connected with land – Hingston

Hingston v Hiroti

Māori Land Court (2016) Chief Judge's MB 672 (2016 CJ 672)

27 July 2016

Application granted to amend previous whānau trust order. The adjustment made recognised that as an adoptee the deceased had vested lands and shares in the whānau trust for the benefit of persons who did not have connections to the land.

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Trusts – lease set aside – trustee removal dismissed – Māori Trustee

The Māori Trustee v Smith - Waipaoa 5A2

Māori Land Court (2016) 62 Tairawhiti MB 122 (62 TRW 122)

18 October 2016

These applications followed the Māori Trustee's decision to award a lease of the land. An application for removal of the Māori trustee (respondent) was dismissed. An application to vary trust order adjourned. An application for recovery of possession of land was granted and the lease set aside. An application for permanent injunction and rehearing of injunction application against first applicants dismissed. No order as to costs.

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Chief Judge’s powers – succession order amended to include applicant – Sadaraka

Sadaraka - Estate of Wiremu Te Hira Jack Kino

Māori Land Court (2016) Chief Judge's MB 880 (2016 Chief Judge's MB 880)

20 October 2016

Application seeking amendment of previous succession order, dated 30 September 1997, to include three further children of the deceased granted.

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Succession – interim decision – DNA testing – Kepa

Kepa v Kautai - Estate of James Keepa

Māori Land Court (2016) 52 Takitimu MB 256 (52 TKT 256)

28 September 2016

Application seeking succession of Māori land interests adjourned. Court to procure DNA testing in the interests of expediency. Costs to be paid out by special aid fund.

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Succession – Māori land interests vested in natural issue – whāngai life interest – Nolan

Nolan - Estate of Wiremu Eruera Pohe

Māori Land Court (2016) 139 Taitokerau MB 170 (139 TTK 170)

13 October 2016

Applicant (natural descendent of deceased) seeks succession of Māori land interests. Application granted. One respondent, recognised as whāngai, granted succession of life interests only as there is no evidence of whakapapa to land.

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