October 2017 Whiringa-ā-nuku – Contents

Rights of indigenous peoples

Australia - the year in review - 2016-17 - James Dwyer (free)

Court of Appeal – Te Kōti Pīra

Human rights - electoral disenfranchisement - prisoner voting rights - entrenchment and discrimination claims rejected - Ngaronoa v Attorney-General [2017] NZCA 351 - Rachael Jones

Māori Appellate Court – Te Kōti Pīra Māori

Injunction - dismissed - Tito v Tito - Mangakahia 2B2 No 2A1A [2017] Māori Appellate Court 336 (2017 APPEAL 336) - Toni Love

Leave to appeal out of time dismissed - 60% costs reasonable - Muru v Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust - Wani Wani 1 Block [2017] Māori Appellate Court 248 (2017 APPEAL 248) - Toni Love

Trusts - trustee removal - appeal dismissed - Taurua v Harawira - Te Tii Waitangi A [2017] Māori Appellate Court 328 (2017 APPEAL 328) - Toni Love

2017 Māori Appellate Court Judgments - index

Māori Land Court - Te Kōti Whenua Māori

General jurisdiction of court - sale of shares of lessee company beyond jurisdiction - Brown v TPL 4 Limited - Motatau 1B5B5 (2017) 158 Taitokerau MB 88 (158 TTK 88) - Nopera Dennis-McCarthy

Procedure - redefine purpose of Māori reservation - application amended - Raumati – Urenui Pa (Lot 2 of Part Subdivision 3 of Section 24 Block IV Waitara Survey District) (2017) 374 Aotea MB 252 (374 AOT 252) - Nopera Dennis-McCarthy

Procedure - parties - application to withdraw from proceedings dismissed - Edwards v Winiata – Matera Ahu Whenua Trust (2017) 165 Waiariki MB 88 (165 WAR 88)

Status of land - Māori customary land - interim judgment - Bell v McDonnell - Mataimoana (2017) 374 Aotea MB 298 (374 AOT 298) - Isabella Wilson

Trusts - alleged misappropriation of trust funds - interim judgment - Deputy Registrar - Lot 1 DP 17494 Part Section 2345 New Plymouth (old Railway Station) (2017) 374 Aotea MB 81 (374 AOT 81) - Isabella Wilson

Trusts - review of trust and trustee removal application dismissed - Eggo v Tupene - Opape No 1A No 1B Māori Land Court (2017) 169 Waiariki MB 45 (169 WAR 45) - Isabella Wilson

Trusts - termination and reconstitution of whānau trust - Snell v Reti- Steel - Hemaima Reti Ataria Whanau Trust (2017) 68 Tairawhiti MB 158 (68 TRW 158) - Isabella Wilson

Succession - wind up and distribution of estate - Tatana - Estate of Ratahi Tatana (2017) 157 Taitokerau MB 132 (157 TTK 132) - Isabella Wilson

Succession - interest changed to reflect whāngai status - Thorpe - Waikawa Village Section 10C3 (2017) 374 Aotea MB 291 (374 AOT 291) - Nopera Dennis-McCarthy

Partition and occupation order - granted subject to a survey - Dewes - Waipiro MT Sec 5 Blk X (2017) 69 Tairawhiti 1 (69 TRW 1) - Nopera Dennis-McCarthy

Landlocked land - access across adjoining land granted - Huata v Robin – Rotopounamu 1B1A (2017) 60 Tākitimu MB 7 (60 TKT 7) - Nopera Dennis-McCarthy

2017 Māori Land Court Judgments - index

Waitangi Tribunal - Te Rōpū Whakamana i Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Waitangi Tribunal Procedure - urgent inquiries - adjourned - settlement Bill before House of Representatives - The Tūwharetoa Deed of Settlement (Nigel Baker) claim (Wai 2622, #2.5.3) - Martha Reilly

Legislation - Ngā Whakaturetanga

Review of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 - 2017 progress of Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill - Toni Love

Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie student essay competition 2017

Entries have now closed for the 2017 Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie student essay competition sponsored by the Māori Law Review. For more information on the competition go here.


Australia – rights of indigenous peoples – the year in review – 2016-17

James Dwyer reviews developments for the rights of indigenous peoples in Australia over 2016 and 2017. read more

Human rights – electoral disenfranchisement – prisoner voting rights – entrenchment and discrimination claims rejected – Ngaronoa

Ngaronoa v Attorney-General

Court of Appeal - Te Kōti Pīra [2017] NZCA 351

17 August 2017

The Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal brought by a group of prisoners who challenged the legislation restricting prisoner voting. The challenge was twofold: for inconsistency with entrenched elements of electoral law; and on the ground that such disenfranchisement amounted to unlawful discrimination against Māori prisoners.

Download  Ngaronoa v Attorney-General (838 KB PDF). read more

Appeals – against injunction – dismissed – Tito

Tito v Tito - Mangakahia 2B2 No 2A1A

[2017] Māori Appellate Court 336 (2017 APPEAL 336)

29 September 2017

Application dismissed to appeal an injunction preventing the applicant from taking steps to cancel, terminate, frustrate or otherwise interfere with a lease.

Download  Tito v Tito - Mangakahia 2B2 No 2A1A (240 KB PDF).

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Appeals – trusts – trustee removal – appeal dismissed – Taurua

Taurua v Harawira - Te Tii Waitangi A

[2017] Māori Appellate Court 328 (2017 APPEAL 328)

29 September 2017

Application to appeal a decision not to remove a trustee dismissed.

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Status of land – Māori customary land – interim judgment – Bell

Bell v McDonnell - Mataimoana

Māori Land Court (2017) 374 Aotea MB 298 (374 AOT 298) 

12 September 2017

Interim judgment on application for investigation into ownership of Māori customary land. Concerns about alienation unfounded. Evidence hearing ordered. Not appropriate to impose a narrow focus ahead of hearing the evidence as to applicable criteria to determine customary entitlement to the land

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Landlocked land – access across adjoining land granted – Huata

Huata v Robin – Rotopounamu 1B1A

Māori Land Court (2017) 60 Tākitimu MB 7 (60 TKT 7)

7 July 2017

Application for access order to road through a private right of way on land adjoining Rotopounamu 1B1A Block for future papakāinga housing granted. The block was landlocked within the meaning of the legislation and required reasonable access.

Download Huata v Robin – Rotopounamu 1B1A (339 KB PDF) read more

General jurisdiction of court – sale of shares of lessee company beyond jurisdiction – Brown

Brown v TPL 4 Limited - Motatau 1B5B5

Māori Land Court (2017) 158 Taitokerau MB 88 (158 TTK 88)

29 August 2017

Application seeking a declaration that sale of shares in a lessee company of land is an alienation requiring the consent of the owners and Court approval. A second application sought damages due to breach of the lease. Both applications were dismissed. The alienation was beyond the Court's jurisdiction. The damages claim was not properly set out in a particularised claim.

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Procedure – redefine purpose of Māori reservation – application amended – Raumati

Raumati – Urenui Pa (Lot 2 of Part Subdivision 3 of Section 24 Block IV Waitara Survey District)

Māori Land Court (2017) 374 Aotea MB 252 (374 AOT 252)

28 August 2017

The applicant sought to amend a 1932 gazette notice setting aside Urenui Pā as a Māori reservation, which differed from a previous Court declaration. Application amended to an application seeking to redefine the purpose and the intended class of persons for whom the reservation was made.

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Procedure – parties – application to withdraw from proceedings dismissed – Winiata

Edwards v Winiata – Matera Ahu Whenua Trust

Māori Land Court (2017) 165 Waiariki MB 88 (165 WAR 88)

28 June 2017

Application by the respondent to remove himself from the proceedings dismissed. The respondent should still be part of the proceedings as he may be liable to the Trust.

Download Edwards v Winiata –Matera Ahu Whenua Trust (152 KB PDF). read more

Trusts – alleged misappropriation of trust funds – interim judgment – Deputy Registrar 

Deputy Registrar - Lot 1 DP 17494 Part Section 2345 New Plymouth (old Railway Station) 

Māori Land Court (2017) 374 Aotea MB 81 (374 AOT 81) 

18 August 2017

Interim judgment concerning alleged misappropriation of trust finds. Court appoints solicitor to prepare an independent report on the trust and the allegations of misappropriation of trust funds. 

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Trusts – review of trust and trustee removal application dismissed – Eggo

Eggo v Tupene - Opape No 1A No 1B

Māori Land Court (2017) 169 Waiariki MB 45 (169 WAR 45)

11 September 2017

Applications seeking review of trust and removal of trustees dismissed. The issue for determination was whether the trustees breached their duties and if so whether the breach is sufficient to warrant removal. Breaches not sufficient to warrant removal.

Download Eggo v Tupene - Opape No 1A No 1B (238 KB PDF).

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Succession – wind up and distribution of estate – Tatana

Tatana - Estate of Ratahi Tatana

Māori Land Court (2017) 157 Taitokerau MB 132 (157 TTK 132)

29 August 2017

Court addresses final issues relating to the distribution of the deceased's estate and makes orders that enable the estate in question to be wound up.

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Succession – interest changed to reflect whāngai status – Thorpe

Thorpe - Waikawa Village Section 10C3

Māori Land Court (2017) 374 Aotea MB 291 (374 AOT 291)

6 September 2017

Application for amendment of a succession order to change status of one of the children in the deceased's estate from a natural child to a whāngai child. Application granted and status changed in the succession order.

Download Thorpe - Waikawa Village Section 10C3 (207 KB PDF) read more

Trusts – termination and reconstitution of whānau trust – Snell

Snell v Reti- Steel - Hemaima Reti Ataria Whanau Trust 

Māori Land Court (2017) 68 Tairawhiti MB 158 (68 TRW 158)

13 June 2017

Application to disestablish two trusts in order to combine them into one trust approved. 

Download Snell v Reti- Steel - Hemaima Reti Ataria Whanau Trust (148 KB PDF).

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Partition and occupation order – granted subject to a survey – Dewes

Dewes - Waipiro MT Sec 5 Blk X

Māori Land Court (2017) 69 Tairawhiti 1 (69 TRW 1)

22 July 2017

Application for a partition and an occupation order confirmed, subject to a survey.

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Waitangi Tribunal Procedure – urgent inquiries – adjourned – settlement Bill before House of Representatives – Baker

The Tūwharetoa Deed of Settlement (Nigel Baker) claim

Waitangi Tribunal (Wai 2622, #2.5.3)

15 August 2017

An application seeking an urgent inquiry into whether the settlement of Ngāti Tūwharetoa historical claims should include the applicant's claims concerning land at Te Matai. Application adjourned while the Tribunal’s jurisdiction is suspended because of the Ngāti Tūwharetoa Claims Settlement Bill.

Download The Tūwharetoa Deed of Settlement (Nigel Baker) claim (366 KB PDF) read more

September 2017 Mahuru – Contents

Māori Appellate Court – Te Kōti Pīra Māori

Appeals - leave to appeal out of time dismissed - 60% costs reasonable - Muru v Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust - Wani Wani 1 Block [2017] Māori Appellate Court 248 (2017 APPEAL 248) - Toni Love

2017 Māori Appellate Court Judgments - index

Māori Land Court - Te Kōti Whenua Māori

Injunction - occupation of house - trespass - dismissed - Hauiti v Tamati - Puhunga A7D1 (2017) 68 Tairawhiti MB 100 (68 TRW 100) - Isabella Wilson

Injunction - dismissed - prohibiting owner voting prejudicial - Niao - Matata 39A Sec 2B No 2B No 2A (2017) 163 Waiariki MB 22 (163 WAR 22) - Hannah Martin

Jurisdiction - debt, demand or damage does not relate to Māori freehold land - Biddle v Karaitiana - Waipahihi 4H Block (2017) 163 Waiariki MB 149 (163 WAI 149) - Isabella Wilson

Procedure - rehearing application dismissed - Walters v Miller - Oranui 10 (Māori Reservation(2017) 167 Waiariki MB 176 (167 WAR 176) - Nopera Dennis-McCarthy

Procedure - rehearing application dismissed - Smith v Smith - Estate of Francis Guthrie-Smith (2017) 70 Tairāwhiti MB 161 (70 TRW 161) - Isabella Wilson

Appeals - leave to appeal interim freezing injunction declined - Butler v Matchitt - Matangareka 3B Ahu Whenua Trust (2017) 163 Waiāriki MB 10 (163 WAR 10) - Hannah Martin

Trusts - review of trust and appointment of new trustees - Carroll - Himatangi 7 Block (2017) 369 Aotea MB 107 (369 AOT 107) - Hannah Martin

Trusts - review of trust - review complete - no grounds for related applications - Royal v Waerea- The Mere Royal Whānau Trust (2017) 162 Waiariki MB 117 (162 WAR 117) - Isabella Wilson

Trusts - replace trustees - proposed trustees appointed - Insley v Huritu - Awanui Haparapara No 4B (2017) 167 Waiariki MB 194 (167 WAR 194) - Isabella Wilson

Trusts - trustee appointment - conviction history - Cutforth v Dudley - Omapere Taraire E and Rangihamama X3A Ahu Whenua Trust (2017) 157 Taitokerau MB 7 (157 TTK 7) - Nopera Dennis-McCarthy

Trusts - breach of trustee duties - application adjourned - Amoroa - Omuriwaka Māori Reservation (2017) 163 Waiariki MB 93 (163 WAR 93) - Isabella Wilson

Trusts - trustee fees excessive and unjustified - Deputy Registrar - Moteo Estate Trust (2017) 58 Tākitimu MB 137 (58 TKT 137) - Isabella Wilson

Trusts - ahu whenua trust - meeting ordered - Aupouri - Waitekaha A4 (2017) 68 Tairawhiti MB 94 (68 TRW 94) - Isabella Wilson

2017 Māori Land Court Judgments - index

Waitangi Tribunal - Te Rōpū Whakamana i Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Waitangi Tribunal procedure - urgent inquiries - granted - Ahuriri Hapū Deed of Settlement claims - Martha Reilly

Waitangi Tribunal procedure – urgent inquiries - declined - the Children, Young Persons and their Families Act 1989 claim - Martha Reilly

Waitangi Tribunal procedure – urgent inquiries - declined - the Waikaremoana Tribal Authority Mandate claim - Martha Reilly

Waitangi Tribunal procedure - urgent inquiries - declined - legislation - Rangitāne o Wairapapa and Rangitane o Tamaki Nui-a-Rua - 1 - Nicholas Coyle

Waitangi Tribunal procedure - urgent inquiries - declined - legislation - Rangitāne o Wairapapa and Rangitane o Tamaki Nui-a-Rua - 2 - Kahu Haimona

Waitangi Tribunal procedure – urgent inquiries - granted - Ngati Hinemanu me Ngati Paki Kaweka and Gwavas Forests Claims - Kahu Haimona

Legislation - Ngā Whakaturetanga

Review of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 - 2017 progress of Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill - Toni Love

Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie student essay competition 2017

Entries are welcomed for the 2017 Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie student essay competition sponsored by the Māori Law Review. For more information and details on how the competition operates go here. Entries close at 5 p.m. on Friday 6 October 2017.


Appeals – leave to appeal out of time dismissed – 60% costs reasonable – Muru

Muru v Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust - Wani Wani 1 Block

[2017] Māori Appellate Court 248 (2017 APPEAL 248)

21 August 2017

Application to appeal a costs decision dismissed. There was no error in the decision of the lower court and 60% contribution to costs is reasonable.

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Trusts – trustee appointment – conviction history – Cutforth

Cutforth v Dudley - Omapere Taraire E and Rangihamama X3A Ahu Whenua Trust 

Māori Land Court (2017) 157 Taitokerau MB 7 (157 TTK 7)

16 August 2017

Application to appoint a new trustee and reappoint existing trustees granted for three out of the four trustees. Appointment adjourned for the fourth trustee pending consideration by the beneficiaries of that person's past conviction for attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Download Cutforth v Dudley - Omapere Taraire E and Rangihamama X3A Ahu Whenua Trust (219KB PDF). read more

Procedure – rehearing application dismissed – Walters

Walters v Miller - Oranui 10 (Māori Reservation)

Māori Land Court (2017) 167 Waiariki MB 176 (167 WAR 176)

10 August 2017

Application seeking a rehearing of an order replacing trustees dismissed.

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Injunction – dismissed – prohibiting owner voting prejudicial – Niao

Niao - Matata 39A Sec 2B No 2B No 2A

Māori Land Court (2017) 163 Waiariki MB 22 (163 WAR 22)

15 May 2017

Application seeking, by injunction, to prevent an owner exercising voting rights. Dismissed.

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Procedure – rehearing application dismissed – Smith

Smith v Smith - Estate of Francis Guthrie-Smith

Māori Land Court (2017) 70 Tairāwhiti MB 161 (70 TRW 161)

31 August 2017

Application seeking a rehearing of previous decision dismissed.

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Injunction – occupation of house – trespass – dismissed – Hauiti

Hauiti v Tamati - Puhunga A7D1

Māori Land Court (2017) 68 Tairawhiti MB 100 (68 TRW 100)

8 June 2017

Application for a permanent injunction against the respondent requiring her to move out of the house on Puhunga A7D1 and prohibiting her from entering the land dismissed.

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Jurisdiction – debt, demand or damage does not relate to Māori freehold land – Biddle

Biddle v Karaitiana - Waipahihi 4H Block 

Māori Land Court (2017) 163 Waiariki MB 149 (163 WAI 149)

7 June 2017

Application seeking a judgment sum and damages relating to a contractual dispute dismissed because the Court has no jurisdiction.

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