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.

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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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Appeals – leave to appeal interim freezing injunction declined – Butler

Butler v Matchitt - Matangareka 3B Ahu Whenua Trust

Māori Land Court (2017) 163 Waiāriki MB 10 (163 WAR 10)

16 May 2017

Application seeking leave to appeal an injunction freezing the bank accounts of Matangareka 3B Ahu Whenua Trust denied. The interests of justice and of the parties would not be served by allowing the appeal to be heard.

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Trusts – review of trust – review complete – no grounds for related applications – Royal

Royal v Waerea- The Mere Royal Whānau Trust

Māori Land Court (2017) 162 Waiariki MB 117 (162 WAR 117)

11 May 2017

Application for a review of trust granted. Applications for a claim founded on tort and for the removal of a trustee dismissed.

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Trusts – replace trustees – proposed trustees appointed – Insley

Insley v Huritu - Awanui Haparapara No 4B 

Māori Land Court (2017) 167 Waiariki MB 194 (167 WAR 194)

10 August 2017

Application for appointment of replacement trustees. Court held proposed trustees should be appointed.

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Trusts – ahu whenua trust – meeting ordered – Aupouri

Aupouri - Waitekaha A4

Māori Land Court (2017) 68 Tairawhiti MB 94 (68 TRW 94)

9 June 2017

Preliminary decision concerning an application to constitute an ahu whenua trust over Waitekaha A4 block. Registrar directed to conduct another meeting of owners to try and generate more interest in this block and accurately record the outcome of the meeting.

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Trusts – review of trust and appointment of new trustees – Carroll

Carroll - Himatangi 7 Block

Māori Land Court (2017) 369 Aotea MB 107 (369 AOT 107)

8 May 2017

Application for review of Himatangi 7 Whanau Trust. Appointment of elected trustees approved and review of trust completed.

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Trusts – trustee fees excessive and unjustified – Moteo Estate Trust

Deputy Registrar - Moteo Estate Trust 

Māori Land Court (2017) 58 Tākitimu MB 137 (58 TKT 137)

11 April 2017

Application for review of trust dismissed and application for relief adjourned. Although there were no breaches to justify removal, the fees charged by the trustees were excessive, unjustified and they must be held to account.

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Trusts – breach of trustee duties – application adjourned – Amoroa

Amoroa - Omuriwaka Māori Reservation 

Māori Land Court (2017) 163 Waiariki MB 93 (163 WAR 93)

30 May 2017 

Application seeking review and dissolution of a Māori Reservation Trust on the basis that the trustees were not meeting their trustee duties. Adjourned to allow a meeting to take place.

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Waitangi Tribunal procedure – urgent inquiries – granted – Ahuriri Hapū Deed of Settlement Claims

Application for an urgent inquiry concerning the Crown's approach to the negotiation of the Ahuriri Hapū Deed of Settlement

Waitangi Tribunal (Wai 2573, #2.5.5; Wai 2574, #2.5.4)

9 March 2017

Applicants representing Ngāti Pārau, Ngati Tu and Ngai Te Ruruku sought an urgent inquiry into the Crown's approach to the negotiation of the Ahuriri Hapū Deed of Settlement. The Tribunal granted an urgent inquiry.

Download Application for an urgent inquiry concerning the Crown's approach to the negotiation of the Ahuriri Hapū Deed of Settlement (1209 KB PDF). read more

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

Application for an urgent inquiry concerning the Crown’s actions in relation to the settlement of Ngāti Ruapani’s historical Treaty of Waitangi claims

The Waitangi Tribunal (Wai 2566, #2.5.2)

20 September 2016

The Waitangi Tribunal declined to inquire urgently into the Crown’s actions allowing Waikaremoana Tribal Authority to seek a mandate to negotiate a settlement of Ngāti Ruapani claims.

Download Application for an urgent inquiry concerning the Crown’s actions in relation to the settlement of Ngāti Ruahine’s historical Treat of Waitangi claims (3,156 KB).
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Waitangi Tribunal procedure – urgent inquiries – declined – the Children, Young Persons and their Families Act 1989 claim

Application for an urgent inquiry concerning proposed legislative changes to the Children, Young Persons and their Families Act 1989

Waitangi Tribunal (unregistered claim)

9 February 2017

The Waitangi Tribunal declined to inquire urgently into proposed legislative changes to the Children, Young Persons and their Families Act 1989. The Tribunal ruled that it did not have jurisdiction to do so, given that the Bill relating to the legislative changes was introduced to the House of Representatives prior to the application being filed.

Download Application for an urgent inquiry concerning proposed legislative changes to the Children, Young Persons and their Families Act 1989 (434 KB PDF) once available. read more

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

Application for an urgent inquiry concerning the Crown’s overlapping claims settlement process regarding the Kaweka and Gwavas Crown Forest Licensed Lands

The Waitangi Tribunal (Wai 2542, #2.5.10)

17 August 2016

The Waitangi Tribunal granted an urgent inquiry concerning the Crown’s overlapping claims process in relation to the Kaweka and Gwavas Crown Forest Licensed Lands offered to He Toa Takitini (HTT) under the Heretaunga Tamatea Deed of Settlement.

Download Application for an urgent inquiry concerning the Crown’s overlapping claims settlement process regarding the Kaweka and Gwavas Crown Forest Licensed Lands (566 KB) read more

Review of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 – 2017 progress of Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill

Toni Love reports on progress of the proposed reform of Māori land legislation before the dissolution of the 51st Parliament ahead of the 2017 General Election. read more

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

Application for an urgent inquiry concerning the Tribunal’s jurisdiction to hear the Wai 2560 claim given the introduction of the Rangitāne Tū Māi Rā (Wairarapa Tamaki nui-ā-Rua) claims Settlement Bill into the House of Representatives.

The Waitangi Tribunal (Wai 2560, #2.5.4)

4 November 2016

Following previous decisions, the applicants sought an urgent hearing on whether the Tribunal's jurisdiction to hear the Wai 2560 claims was suspended. The Waitangi Tribunal dismissed the application.

A link to Application for an urgent inquiry concerning the Tribunal’s jurisdiction to hear the Wai 2560 claim given the introduction of the Rangitāne Tū Māi Rā (Wairarapa Tamaki nui-ā-Rua) claims Settlement Bill into the House of Representatives will be provided once available.
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Waitangi Tribunal procedure – urgent inquiries – declined – legislation – Rangitāne o Wairapapa and Rangitane o Tamaki Nui-a-Rua

An application concerning the Crown's recognition of the Rangitane 0 Wairapapa and Rangitane 0 Tamaki Nui-a-Rua historical Treaty claims, in particular the Crown's intention to settle Wai 1950 through its settlement with the Rangitane Settlement Negotiations Trust.

Waitangi Tribunal (Wai 2560, #2.5.2)

20 September 2016

The Waitangi dismissed an application for an urgent hearing concerning the Crown's intention to settle a particular claim (Wai 1950) as part of a settlement of historical claims between the Crown and the Rangitane Settlement Negotiations Trust.

Download An application concerning the Crown's recognition of the Rangitane 0 Wairapapa and Rangitane 0 Tamaki Nui-a-Rua historical Treaty claims, in particular the Crown's intention to settle Wai 1950 through its settlement with the Rangitane Settlement Negotiations Trust (2507 KB PDF). read more