March 2017 Poutū-te-rangi – Contents

Supreme Court – Te Kōti Mana Nui

Fiduciary duty - Crown owed fiduciary duties to owners of Nelson tenths reserves - Proprietors of Wakatū v Attorney-General [2017] NZSC 17 - Martha Reilly

High Court – Te Kōti Matua

Takutai Moana – customary marine title recognised – Rakiura – status of applicant – Re Tipene [2016] NZHC 3199 - Andrew Irwin

Māori Appellate Court – Te Kōti Pīra Māori

2016 Māori Appellate Court Judgments - index

Māori Land Court - Te Kōti Whenua Māori

Occupation orders - whānau trust - dismissed - Brightwell - Okauia B3B1 Block (2017) 135 Waikato Maniapoto MB 121 (135 WMN 121) - Martha Reilly

Trusts - vary whānau trust order – trust renamed - new trustees appointed - Hikaka v Ngawhare - Komene 4A2 (2016) 356 Aotea MB 76 (356 AOT 76) - Martha Reilly

2016 Māori Land Court Judgments - index

Waitangi Tribunal - Te Rōpū Whakamana i Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Waitangi Tribunal procedure – urgent inquiries - the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act (Te Kapotai) claim - Martha Reilly

Legislation - Ngā Whakaturetanga

Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill – Te Pire mō Te Ture Whenua Māori - Select Committee report on Bill - Craig Linkhorn


Fiduciary duty – Crown owed fiduciary duties to owners of Nelson tenths reserves – Proprietors of Wakatū v Attorney-General

Proprietors of Wakatū v Attorney-General

Supreme Court [2017] NZSC 17

28 February 2017

The Supreme Court, by majority, allowed the second appellant's appeal in part. The Court declared that the Crown owed fiduciary duties to the customary owners of the Nelson tenths reserves. The second appellant, as a descendant of some of these owners, is entitled to pursue in the High Court claims to determine the extent to which the duties owed were breached and appropriate remedies.

The appeals from the first and third appellants were dismissed by majority. The Court ruled that the Incorporated Proprietors of Wakatu and Te Kahui Ngahuru Trust lacked standing to bring the claims on behalf of the class of customary owners.

The cross appeal from the Attorney-General, disputing the standing of the second appellant to make a claim, was unanimously dismissed.

The second appellant's claim is remitted to the High Court for remaining issues of liability, loss and remedy. The Attorney-General was ordered to pay costs of $55,000 to the second appellant. Costs awards in the Court of Appeal and High Court were set aside.

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Takutai Moana – customary marine title recognised – Rakiura – status of applicant – Tipene

Re Tipene

High Court [2016] NZHC 3199

22 December 2016

This is the first case where the High Court applied the tests for customary marine title under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011.  The case concerned an area of 200m in radius between two islands off the south-west coast of Rakiura (Stewart Island).  The Court found customary marine title exists over that area. The applicant had authority to bring the application on behalf of the applicant group. The holder of the customary marine title order will be determined later.

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Occupation orders – whānau trust – dismissed – Brightwell

Brightwell - Okauia B3B1 Block

Māori Land Court (2017) 135 Waikato Maniapoto MB 121 (135 WMN 121)

15 February 2017

Applicant seeks that an occupation order, in favour of her late mother and sister, be succeeded to by recently-constituted whānau trust. Application dismissed.

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Trusts – vary whānau trust order – trust renamed – new trustees appointed – Hikaka

Hikaka v Ngawhare - Komene 4A2

Māori Land Court (2016) 356 Aotea MB 76 (356 AOT 76)

22 July 2016

Application to vary a trust order granted. Trust renamed and new trustees appointed.

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Waitangi Tribunal procedure – urgent inquiries – the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act (Te Kapotai) claim

Application for an urgent inquiry concerning the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011

Waitangi Tribunal (Wai 2577, #2.5.5)

16 March 2017

Fifteen applicants, representing various hapū and whānau, sought an urgent inquiry into the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act (Te Kapotai) claim, on the grounds that the Act confers control and authority over the takutai moana to the Crown and local government. All applications were dismissed. Alternative remedies are available. The applicants were invited to submit further evidence for their claims to be heard later.

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February 2017 Hui tanguru – Contents

Court of Appeal – Te Kōti Pīra

Judicial Review - Waitangi Tribunal must recommend return of land or clearance - Attorney-General v Haronga [2016] NZCA 626 -  Eru Kapa-Kingi

Māori Appellate Court – Te Kōti Pīra Māori

2016 Māori Appellate Court Judgments - index

Māori Land Court - Te Kōti Whenua Māori

2016 Māori Land Court Judgments - index

Legislation - Ngā Whakaturetanga

Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill – Te Pire mō Te Ture Whenua Māori - Select Committee report on Bill - Craig Linkhorn


January 2017 Kohi-tātea – Contents

Court of Appeal – Te Kōti Pīra

Judicial Review - Waitangi Tribunal must recommend return of land or clearance - Attorney-General v Haronga [2016] NZCA 626 -  Eru Kapa-Kingi

Māori Appellate Court – Te Kōti Pīra Māori

2016 Māori Appellate Court Judgments - index

Status of land - breach of natural justice - rehearing - White v Potroz - Mohakatino Parininihi No 1c West 3A2 [2016] Māori Appellate Court 143 (2016 APPEAL 143) - Toni Love

Procedure - amendment of order to reflect what court decided - proper route - Tatere v Te Aute Trust Board - Mangatainoka No 1BC No 2C, Tamaki 2A2A (Balance) [2016] Māori Appellate Court MB 329 (2016 APPEAL 329) - Toni Love

Māori Land Court - Te Kōti Whenua Māori

2016 Māori Land Court Judgments - index

Status of land - change of status to General land allowed - no preferred class of alienees - Farquhar - Palmerston North Māori Reserve Trust (2016) 358 Aotea MB 19 (358 AOT 19) - James Greenland

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

Legislation - Ngā Whakaturetanga

Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill – Te Pire mō Te Ture Whenua Māori - Select Committee report on Bill - Craig Linkhorn