November 2017 Whiringa-ā-rangi – Contents

Māori Appellate Court – Te Kōti Pīra Māori

Costs - application dismissed - appellant legally aided - Bratton v  Le Lievre - Muriwhenua Incorporation [2017] Māori Appellate Court 351 (2017 APPEAL 351) - Toni Love

Costs - 60 percent of costs awarded - Muru v Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust - Wani Wani 1 Block [2017] Māori Appellate Court 348 (2017 APPEAL 348) - Toni Love

Costs - 50 per cent of actual costs awarded - Tioro v McCallum - Estate of Ngapiki Waaka Hakaraia [2017] Māori Appellate Court 427 (2017 APPEAL 427) - Toni Love

Procedure - lack of standing - appeal out of time dismissed - Pace v Cain - Parish of Manurewa 196 and 197A Section 2B 4 [2017] Māori Appellate Court 342 (2017 APPEAL 342) - Toni Love

2017 Māori Appellate Court Judgments - index

Māori Land Court - Te Kōti Whenua Māori

Injunction - interim injunction application dismissed - Hau v Riddell - Oue 2B2B2 (2017) 162 Taitokerau MB 50 (162 TTK 50) - Toni Love

Procedure - rehearing - out of time - dismissed - Croft v Hing - Motatau 5E14B3B (2017) 162 Taitokerau MB 155 (162 TTK 155) - Toni Love

Costs - 80 per cent of actual costs awarded - Naera v Fenwick - Whakapoungakau 24 (2017) 169 Waiariki MB 3 (169 WAR 3) - Isabella Wilson

Alienation - transfer of land by court vesting order - enforceable contractual agreement - preferred class of alienees - Solomon v Johnson - Te Mata E3 Block (2017) 139 Waikato Maniapoto MB 240 - Nopera Dennis-McCarthy

Succession - applicable tikanga - whāngai can succeed as natural children - Rewha v Clarke  - Estate of Tamehana Rewha (2017) 163 Taitokerau MB 164 (163 TTK 164)

Trusts - variation, trustee reduction and partial termination of trust - Huata – Koparakore B2B 2C (2017) 62 Takitimu MB 222 (62 TKT 222) - Nopera Dennis-McCarthy

Māori Reservations - enforcement of obligations of trust and removal of trustees - Amoroa - Omuriwaka Māori Reservation (2017) 163 Waiariki MB 93 (163 WAR 93) - 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

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Costs – application dismissed – appellant legally aided – Bratton

Bratton v  Le Lievre - Muriwhenua Incorporation 

[2017] Māori Appellate Court 351 (2017 APPEAL 351)

18 October 2017

Application for costs dismissed. The appellant is in receipt of legal aid. There are no exceptional circumstances that justify an award of costs.

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Procedure – lack of standing – appeal out of time dismissed – Pace

Pace v Cain - Parish of Manurewa 196 and 197A Section 2B 4

[2017] Māori Appellate Court 342 (2017 APPEAL 342)

12 October 2017

Application to appeal out of time dismissed. The applicant lacks standing to bring the appeal. There was no good reason for the delay in filing.

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Costs – 60 percent of costs awarded – Muru

Muru v Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust - Wani Wani 1 Block

[2017] Māori Appellate Court 348 (2017 APPEAL 348)

6 October 2017

Determination to award 60 per cent of actual costs.

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Costs – 50 per cent of actual costs awarded – Tioro

Tioro v McCallum - Estate of Ngapiki Waaka Hakaraia 

[2017] Māori Appellate Court 427 (2017 APPEAL 427)

17 October 2017

An award of 50 per cent of actual costs was considered appropriate.

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Injunction – interim injunction application dismissed – Hau

Hau v Riddell - Oue 2B2B2 

Māori Land Court (2017) 162 Taitokerau MB 50 (162 TTK 50)

26 October 2017

Application seeking a urgent interim injunction preventing the respondent and his agents, servants and workmen, from farming Oue 2B2B2 dismissed.

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Alienation – transfer of land by court vesting order – enforceable contractual agreement – preferred class of alienees – Solomon

Solomon v Johnson - Te Mata E3 Block 

Māori Land Court (2017) 139 Waikato Maniapoto MB 240

2 May 2017

Application seeking to determine the legal validity of the agreement to purchase Te Mata E3 Block. The agreement was an enforceable contract. Application seeking to vest an interest in Te Mata E3 in the applicant's names and a partition order granted.

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Costs – 80 per cent of actual costs awarded – Naera

Naera v Fenwick - Whakapoungakau 24 

Māori Land Court (2017) 169 Waiariki MB 3 (169 WAR 3)

31 August 2017

Application for costs granted at 80 per cent of actual costs. 

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Trusts – variation, trustee reduction and partial termination of trust – Huata

Huata – Koparakore B2B 2C

Māori Land Court (2017) 62 Takitimu MB 222 (62 TKT 222)

27 September 2017

Application seeking orders to reduce the number of trustees and vary the trust name concluded and dismissed. Application seeking partial termination of trust adjourned.

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Māori Reservations – enforcement of obligations of trust and removal of trustees – Amoroa

Amoroa - Omuriwaka Māori Reservation 

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

30 May 2017

Application seeking a review and dissolution of the Omuriwaka Māori Reservation Trust. The Trust's dysfunction does not warrant dissolution. Trustee removal application adjourned.

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Procedure – rehearing – out of time – dismissed – Croft

Croft v Hing - Motatau 5E14B3B

Māori Land Court (2017) 162 Taitokerau MB 155 (162 TTK 155)

1 November 2017

Application for a rehearing dismissed. The application is out of time. There is no evidence a rehearing should be granted or that a miscarriage of justice has occurred.

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Succession – applicable tikanga – whāngai can succeed as natural children – Rewha

Rewha v Clarke  - Estate of Tamehana Rewha

Māori Land Court (2017) 163 Taitokerau MB 164 (163 TTK 164)

7 November 2017

The deceased's whāngai can whakapapa to the land so can succeed as natural children to land interests within the rohe but not lands outside of that rohe.

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