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

High Court – Te Kōti Matua

Crime - arrest order to enforce injunction - Horowhenua 11 (Lake) Part Reservation Trust v Taueki [2017] NZHC 4 - Toni Love

Māori Appellate Court – Te Kōti Pīra Māori

2016 Māori Appellate Court Judgments - index

Māori Land Court - Te Kōti Whenua Māori

Injunction – dismissed – commercial user authorised by co-owner – Fredricsen v Hikuwai - Wainui D Block (2016) 143 Taitokerau MB 135 (143 TTK 135) - Toni Love

Injunction - application seeking interim injunction pending review into corporation's affairs dismissed - Ruwhiu v Commissioner of Inland Revenue - Maunga Hikurangi Kaporeihana (2016) 143 Taitokerau MB 159 (143 TTK 159) - Toni Love

Injunction - interim injunction ordered - preventing alteration of land - Rainey - Taemaro 2B (2016) 143 Taitokerau MB 171 (143 TTK 171)

Injunction - no possessory right - dismissed - Taueki - Horowhenua 11 (Lake) (2016) 363 Aotea MB 114 (363 AOT 114) - Toni Love

Injunction – interim injunction granted - order to prevent further alteration of land - Kool v Joyce - Tapui Residue (2016) 143 Taitokerau MB 145 (143 TTK 145) - Toni Love

Costs – awarded against respondent in receipt of special aid - Rolleston v Moore - Lot 1 Deposited Plan South Auckland 52401 and Ongaonga No 1C No 1 Block (2016) 133 Waikato Maniapoto MB 39 (133 WMN 39) - Toni Love

Status of land - no change from Māori freehold - access to finance issue not proved - Walker - Mangaroa 3A1 Lot 31 (2016) 55 Takitimu MB 131 (55 TKT 131) - Toni Love

Vesting orders – shares gifted between whānau - Clarkson - Mangaraire B No 2 (2016) 55 Takitimu MB 161 (55 TKT 161) - Toni Love

Vesting orders – trust disestablished, Māori land interests vested equally between two successors - insufficient evidence to prove legal incapacity of successor - Murphy-Peehi - Te Uta Murphy-Peehi Family Trust (2016) 362 Aotea MB 121 (362 AOT 121) - Toni Love

Alienation - confirmed - beneficiary support - Cooper - Te Pupuri Whenua Trust o Puke Te Ao Trust (2016) 363 Aotea MB 89 (363 AOT 89) - Toni Love

Trusts - estate administration - independent trustee appointed - valuation ordered - Smith v Smith - Waipaoa 5A2 and other lands - Estate of Francis Guthrie-Smith (2016) 64 Tairawhiti MB 15 (64 TRW 15) - Toni Love

Trusts - disclosure of proposed project - trustees to report - Naera v Fenwick - Whakapoungakau 24 Block (2016) 154 Waiariki MB 254 (154 WAR 254) - Toni Love

Trusts - seeking directions - mishandling of trust funds - adjourned - Kemp v Matenga - Ngatarawa and Ohiti Waitio Land Trust (2016) 55 Takitimu MB 142 (55 TKT 142) - Toni Love

Trusts - trustee appointment - granted despite minor opposition - Wipaki v Apatu - Awarua o Hinemanu Trust (2016) 56 Takitimu MB 54 (56 TKT 54) - Toni Love

Trusts – injunction application dismissed - new trustees appointed - Taurua - Te Tii Waitangi (2016) 143 Taitokerau MB 117 (143 TTK 117) - Martha Reilly

Succession – provisional judgment determining those entitled to succeed - Williams - Blewett Porou Williams (2016) 362 Aotea MB 112 (362 AOT 112) - Toni Love

Occupation orders – granted - support from trustees overrides respondent concerns - Baker - Waipuka 2S2 Block (2016) 56 Takitimu MB 49 (56 TKT 49) - Toni Love

Occupation orders - granted - sufficient degree of support from owners - Taka - Koparakore A32 A2 B3B (2016) 55 Takitimu 134 (55 TKT 134) - Toni Love

2017 Māori Land Court Judgments - index

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


Crime – arrest order to enforce injunction – Taueki

Horowhenua 11 (Lake) Part Reservation Trust v Taueki 

High Court [2017] NZHC 4

10 January 201 7

Applicant seeks arrest order against the liable party, claiming a lack of compliance with previous orders; namely, an injunction ordering his removal from the block. Arrest order authorised but implementation delayed for a period.

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Trusts – estate administration – independent trustee appointed – valuation ordered – Smith

Smith v Smith - Waipaoa 5A2 and other lands - Estate of Francis Guthrie-Smith

Māori Land Court (2016) 64 Tairawhiti MB 15 (64 TRW 15)

22 December 2016

Application about estate administration. Independent trustee appointed and expert valuation and review of estate ordered.

Download Smith v Smith - Waipaoa 5A2 and other lands - Estate of Francis Guthrie-Smith (190 KB PDF). read more

Injunction – dismissed – commercial user authorised by co-owner – Fredricsen

Fredricsen v Hikuwai - Wainui D Block

Māori Land Court (2016) 143 Taitokerau MB 135 (143 TTK 135)

21 December 2016

Application seeking permanent injunction preventing co-owner of land from entering into arrangements concerning the land without consent from other co-owners dismissed.

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Injunction – application seeking interim injunction pending review into corporation’s affairs dismissed – Ruwhiu

Ruwhiu v Commissioner of Inland Revenue - Maunga Hikurangi Kaporeihana

Māori Land Court (2016) 143 Taitokerau MB 159 (143 TTK 159)

22 December 2016

Applications seeking investigation into corporation's affairs and seeking interim injunction to the Commissioner of Inland Revenue dismissed.

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Injunction – interim injunction ordered – preventing alteration of land – Rainey

Rainey - Taemaro 2B

Māori Land Court (2016) 143 Taitokerau MB 171 (143 TTK 171)

22 December 2016

Applicant seeks injunction prohibiting respondent from occupying or utilising land. Interim injunction granted preventing respondent from undertaking further work (illegal use and erection of buildings) on land, but not an order to vacate.

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Status of land – no change from Māori freehold – access to finance issue not proved – Walker

Walker - Mangaroa 3A1 Lot 31

Māori Land Court (2016) 55 Takitimu MB 131 (55 TKT 131)

7 December 2016

Application to change status of land from Māori freehold to General land dismissed. The applicant could not provide evidence that he had difficulties obtaining finances necessary to develop land.

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Vesting orders – shares gifted between whānau – Clarkson

Clarkson - Mangaraire B No 2

Māori Land Court (2016) 55 Takitimu MB 161 (55 TKT 161)

9 December 2016

Successful application to gift shares of land between whānau. The impact of this gift on the applicant's financial obligations was considered inconsequential by the Court.

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Vesting orders – trust disestablished, Māori land interests vested equally between two successors – insufficient evidence to prove legal incapacity of successor – Murphy-Peehi

Murphy-Peehi - Te Uta Murphy-Peehi Family Trust

Māori Land Court (2016) 362 Aotea MB 121 (362 AOT 121)

9 December 2016

Application to disestablish family Trust and vest those interests in the two successors (divided equally) granted. The respondent, daughter of one named successor, opposes the order, stating that the interests would be better managed if vested into a separate family Trust, due to her mother's previous imprudent financial decisions. The court found that this was not enough to deem her incapable of managing her own affairs under the Personal and Property Rights Act 1988.

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Alienation – confirmed – beneficiary support – Cooper

Cooper - Te Pupuri Whenua Trust o Puke Te Ao Trust

Māori Land Court (2016) 363 Aotea MB 89 (363 AOT 89)

13 December 2016

Applicants seek confirmation of alienation concerning proposed Pekapeka to north Ōtaki expressway. Evidence of valuation of land demonstrated that the instrument of alienation has been adequately considered.

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Occupation orders – granted – sufficient degree of support from owners – Taka

Taka - Koparakore A32 A2 B3B

Māori Land Court (2016) 55 Takitimu 134 (55 TKT 134)

8 December 2016

Successful application seeking occupation order on Māori freehold land.

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Succession – provisional judgment determining those entitled to succeed – Williams

Williams - Blewett Porou Williams

Māori Land Court (2016) 362 Aotea MB 112 (362 AOT 112)

8 December 2016

Application seeking clarification concerning grandchildren entitled to succeed. Court issues provisional judgment directing applicants to compile full list of surviving natural grandchildren.

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Occupation orders – granted – support from trustees overrides respondent concerns – Baker

Baker - Waipuka 2S2 Block

Māori Land Court (2016) 56 Takitimu MB 49 (56 TKT 49)

21 December 2016

Application seeking an occupation order for the purpose of a dwelling granted. Trustees have the right to 'transfer' land interests under the Māori Purposes Act 1943.

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Costs – awarded against respondent in receipt of special aid – Rolleston

Rolleston v Moore - Lot 1 Deposited Plan South Auckland 52401 and Ongaonga No 1C No 1 Block

Māori Land Court (2016) 133 Waikato Maniapoto MB 39 (133 WMN 39)

21 December 2016

This decision sets an amount of compensation for damage to fencing. It also discusses and awards costs against the respondents despite their being in receipt of special aid.

Download Rolleston v Moore - Lot 1 Deposited Plan South Auckland 52401 and Ongaonga No 1C No 1 Block (297 KB PDF). read more

Trusts – injunction dismissed – new trustees appointed – Taurua

Taurua - Te Tii Waitangi

Māori Land Court (2016) 143 Taitokerau MB 117 (143 TTK 117)

20 December 2016

Application for injunction against Inland Revenue Department dismissed. Application to remove trustees adjourned. Elected trustees appointed to replace four removed trustees.

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Injunction – interim injunction granted – order to prevent further alteration of land – Kool

Kool v Joyce - Tapui Residue

Māori Land Court (2016) 143 Taitokerau MB 145 (143 TTK 145)

21 December 2016

Application seeking injunction preventing respondent from undertaking further earthworks upon Māori freehold land granted.

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Determine ownership – ownership of house on Māori – other matters for Family Protection Act – Bennett

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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Injunction – interim injunction against mortgagee dismissed – inequitable conduct of applicant – Doney

Doney - Lot 2 DP 29547

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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Injunction – dismissed – no jurisdiction – balance of convenience would favour respondents – Tito

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.

Download Tito v Tito - Mangakahia 2B2 No 2A1A Ahu Whenua Trust (183 KB PDF). read more

Interest in land – proceeds of land use – Monschau

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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Alienation – confirmation granted – Whitfield

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.

Download Whitfield - Omahu 4C section 6 (2017) 56 Takitimu MB 233 (56 TKT 233) (303 KB PDF) here.

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Rehearing – dismissed – applicant advised to seek other forms of relief – interim injunction cancelled – Rudolph

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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Representation of Māori – no serious issue – Ahuriri hapū – Nee Harland

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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Trusts – estate administration – suitability of trustee nominees – interim judgment – Smith

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.

Download Smith v Smith - Waipaoa 5A2 and other lands (217KB, PDF). read more

Chief Judge’s powers – succession – order amended to include successors entitled to land interests – Kiriona

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.

Download Wikitoria Kiriona v Hiromina Ratima Pakai or Hiromina Mabel Renata (Deceased) (963 KB PDF).

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