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Bennett - Estate of Ronald Clifford Bennett
Māori Land Court (2017) 156 Waiariki MB 250 (156 WAR 250)
10 February 2017
Determination that the deceased's partner owned a house on Māori freehold land and that the house was a fixture, but not the property of the land's owners. The Court declined a second application about income from the deceased's land interests ruling that it fell within the High Court's jurisdiction under the Family Protection Act 1955.
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Māori Land Court (2017) 145 Taitokerau MB 4 (145 TTK 4)
10 February 2017
The applicant was refused an interim injunction to prevent dealings in the land while their application to have the status of land declared Māori customary land. Submissions from objectors prove that the applicant defaulted on a loan from the mortgagee, and repeated untenable applications disentitle them to equitable relief. Application dismissed.
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Tito v Tito - Mangakahia 2B2 No 2A1A Ahu Whenua Trust
Māori Land Court (2017) 146 Taitokerau MB 135 (146 TTK 135)
17 February 2017
An application seeking an urgent injunction was dismissed. The Court ruled that it did not have jurisdiction to make such an order, though the balance of convenience lay with the respondents if there had been jurisdiction.
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Monschau v Bamber - Tahorakuri A No1 Section 33A2 Block
Māori Land Court (2017) 157 Waiariki MB 173 (157 WAR 173)
22 February 2017
Following a successful appeal to the Māori Appellate Court, establishing their right to bring a claim about division of the proceeds of use of the land, the applicants successfully sought recovery of money paid to the respondents by a third party tenant prior to formation of an ahu whenua trust in 2011.
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Whitfield - Omahu 4C section 6
Māori Land Court (2017) 56 Takitimu MB 233 (56 TKT 233)
8 February 2017
Application for the sale and purchase of Omahu 4C section 6 to an individual from beyond the preferred class of alienees.
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Rudolph v Rudolph - Rotokakahi A3C1B
Māori Land Court (2017) 146 Taitokerau MB 143 (146 TTK 143)
20 February 2017
The applicant sought a rehearing of an order constituting an Ahu Whenua trust. The applicant also sought a permanent injunction preventing the trustees from evicting him from trust land, following an interim injunction granted on 25 August 2016. The application was dismissed and the interim injunction cancelled.
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Nee Harland v Prentice - Mana Ahuriri Incorporated Society
Māori Land Court
16 February 2017
The applicant unsuccessfully sought a determination of whether the committee members of an incorporated society were the most appropriate representatives for the Ahuriri hapū.
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Smith v Smith - Waipaoa 5A2 and other lands
Māori Land Court (2017) 64 Tairawhiti MB 270 (64 TRW 270)
9 February 2017
The applicants and respondents had previously been ordered to nominate two trustees for the relevant estate and convene a meeting between them. Due to a dispute regarding the suitability of the nominated trustees, the meeting had not occurred. The Court held that both parties needed to convene a meeting with the trustees in order to assess the future of the estate.
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Wikitoria Kiriona v Hiromina Ratima Pakai or Hiromina Mabel Renata (Deceased) Poukawa 12B, 13B, 11E3B2D
Māori Land Court (2017) Chief Judge’s MB 35 (2017 CJ 35) 960 KB
2 February 2017
Application for exercise of the Chief Judge's powers to vary a succession order and vest interests in six children.
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McLeod v Nga Uri A Maata Ngapo - Charitable Trust Harataunga West 2B2A1 Block
Māori Land Court  2017 Chief Judge's MB 46 (2017 CJ 46)
8 February 2017
This application did not meet exceptional circumstances required to invoke s 45 of the Act. It sought change to an order constituting a Māori reservation.
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Sade - Miriama Mahanga Whanau Trust
Māori Land Court (2017) 146 Taitokerau MB 75 (146 TTK 75)
16 February 2017
Successful application for the partial termination of the Miriama Mahanga Whanau Trust. Applicant's interests removed from trust and vested in own name. Vary trust order granted to remove reference to applicant as a beneficiary. Order granted to remove applicant as trustee.
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