July 2018 Hōngongoi – Contents

Māori Appellate Court – Te Kōti Pīra Māori

Alienation - failure to give notice - decisions set aside - transfer already registered - Karena v Whitfield - Omahu 4C Section 6 [2018] Māori Appellate Court MB 170 (2018 APPEAL 170) - Craig Linkhorn

Trusts - trustee election - validation of proxies and voting not unfair - Donnelly v Deputy Registrar - Ohinepoutea B [2018] Māori Appellate Court MB 219 (2018 APPEAL 219) - Toni Love

2018 Māori Appellate Court Judgments - index

Māori Land Court - Te Kōti Whenua Māori

Jurisdiction - inherent power to correct not exercised - recusal not warranted - Maruera v Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) Trust (2018) 385 Aotea MB 168 (385 AOT 7) - Carolyn Southey-Jensen

Chief Judge's powers - succession - adoption - Taurua - Estate of Piatarihi Taurua [2018] Chief Judge's MB 108 (2018 CJ 108) - Carolyn Southey-Jensen

Chief Judge's powers - succession - error interpreting will - Pace - Margaret Rose Karaka [2018] Chief Judge's MB 86 (2018 CJ 86) - Carolyn Southey-Jensen

Rehearing - application dismissed - no grounds - Mikaere v Mikaere - Manaia No 6 (2018) 162 Waikato Maniapoto MB 168 (162 WMN 168) - Annelise Samuels

Trusts - breach of trust - removal of trustees - repayment ordered - Matchitt v Butler - Matangareka 3B (2018) 189 Waiariki MB 74 (189 WAR 74) - Carolyn Southey-Jensen

Trusts - distribution - trustee liability - owner ballot - Takarangi v Owens - Hautu 2B1B2A No 3 (2018) 383 Aotea MB 50 (383 AOT 50) - Carolyn Southey-Jensen

Trusts - appointment of further trustee to overcome impasse - Rika v Williams - Torere Section 33 (2018) 189 Waiariki MB 139 (189 WAR 139) - Carolyn Southey-Jensen

Trusts - removal of trustees - insufficient evidence - role of marae committee - Priestly v Tawa - Tuaropaki A (2018) 191 Waiariki MB 234 (191 WAR 234) - Carolyn Southey-Jensen

Maori reservations - limited inquiry granted - Harawira - Te Tii A Maori Reservation (Waitangi Marae) (2018) 173 Taitokerau MB 245 (173 TTK 245) - Annelise Samuels

2018 Māori Land Court Judgments - index

Waitangi Tribunal - Te Rōpū Whakamana i Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Waitangi Tribunal procedure - remedies - urgent inquiry refused - no imminent risk - Ngāti Rangi settlement - Rangataua and Umumore blocks (Wai 836, #2.54) - Meredith Clement

Waitangi Tribunal procedure - urgent inquiries - urgency dormant - The Ngati Te Ata (Minhinnick) Claim (Wai 2568, ##2.5.6) - Meredith Clement

Waitangi Tribunal procedure - urgent inquiries - urgency criteria not met - The Patuharakeke Hapū Lands and Resources Claim (Wai 745, #2.162; 1308 #2.21) - Meredith Clement

Waitangi Tribunal procedure - urgent inquiries - urgency abandoned by applicants - Whangapoua Forest (Wai 475, #2.67) - Meredith Clement

Whakatōhea mandate inquiry report - recognising a mandate to negotiate a settlement - Dr Carwyn Jones


Jurisdiction – inherent power to correct not exercised – recusal not warranted – Maruera

Maruera v Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) Trust

Māori Land Court (2018) 385 Aotea MB 168 (385 AOT 7)

31 May 2018

Application seeing to reopen earlier ordered terms of trust to remove clauses. Dismissed. No grounds to reopen and the interests of finality of justice prevailed. A further application that the judge should recuse himself was also declined as being made without foundation.

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Trusts – breach of trust – removal of trustees – repayment ordered – Matchitt

Matchitt v Butler - Matangareka 3B 

Māori Land Court (2018) 189 Waiariki MB 74 (189 WAR 74)

12 June 2018

Application for review of trust. The Court found breaches of trust for failure to manage conflicting interests, unauthorised payments and failure to act prudently in trust investments. The trustees were removed from office and ordered to repay sums expended in breach of trust with limited relief from liability.

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Alienation – failure to give notice – decisions set aside – transfer already registered – Karena

Karena v Whitfield - Omahu 4C Section 6

Māori Appellate Court [2018] Māori Appellate Court MB 170 (2018 APPEAL 170)

23 April 2018

Appeal allowed (out of time) from decisions confirming alienation and decisions of the lower court set aside. While the Court did not have jurisdiction to unwind registration of the subsequent transfer in the land transfer system, there was a failure to give proper notice and an impact on the preferred class of alienees.

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Trusts – trustee election – validation of proxies and voting not unfair – Donnelly

Donnelly v Deputy Registrar - Ohinepoutea B

Māori Appellate Court [2018] Māori Appellate Court MB 219 (2018 APPEAL 219)

02 May 2018

An appeal from a decision appointing trustees on the ground that the voting process was unfair. Appeal dismissed. The Court below had grounds to be satisfied from the election of its appointees to the trustee positions.

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Chief Judge’s powers – succession – adoption – Taurua

Taurua - Estate of Piatarihi Taurua 

Māori Land Court [2018] Chief Judge's MB 108 (2018 CJ 108)

28 May 2018

Preliminary decision made in favour of amendment to succession orders because a legally adopted child was omitted. Orders to issue after a 14 day objection period.

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Chief Judge’s powers – succession – error interpreting will – Pace

Pace - Margaret Rose Karaka 

Māori Land Court [2018] Chief Judge's MB 86 (2018 CJ 86)

18 May 2018

Application granted to amend a succession order made on an erroneous interpretation of the will.

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Rehearing – application dismissed – no grounds – Mikaere

Mikaere v Mikaere - Manaia No 6

Māori Land Court (2018) 162 Waikato Maniapoto MB 168 (162 WMN 168)

31 May 2018

Application for rehearing dismissed. The Court was satisfied there was no risk of a miscarriage of justice and no merit to the grounds raised by the applicants.

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Trusts – removal of trustees – insufficient evidence – role of marae committee – Priestly

Priestly v Tawa - Tuaropaki A

Māori Land Court (2018) 191 Waiariki MB 234 (191 WAR 234)

2 July 2018

Application for removal of trustees dismissed on the basis of insufficient evidence.

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Waitangi Tribunal procedure – urgent inquiries – urgency dormant – Minhinnick

Application for an urgent hearing by Roimata Minhinnick on behalf of Te Iwi 0 Ngati Te Ata Waiohua Inc

Waitangi Tribunal (Wai 2568, #2.5.6)

27 March 2018

An urgent inquiry was declined without prejudice to a renewed application in future. The reason was because the matter was dormant.

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Trusts – appointment of further trustee to overcome impasse – Rika

Rika v Williams - Torere Section 33 

Māori Land Court (2018) 189 Waiariki MB 139 (189 WAR 139)

13 June 2018

Application for appointment of trustee granted.

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Waitangi Tribunal procedure – urgent inquiries – urgency criteria not met – Patuharakeke

The Patuharakeke Hapū Lands and Resources Claim

Waitangi Tribunal (Wai 745, #2.162; 1308 #2.21)

12 April 2018

Application for an urgent hearing declined. This was brought on behalf of Patuharakeke concerning settlement negotiations with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua (TRoNW). The requirements for an urgent inquiry were not met.

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Waitangi Tribunal procedure – remedies – urgent inquiry refused – no imminent risk

Ngāti Rangi settlement - Rangataua and Umumore blocks

Waitangi Tribunal (Wai 836, #2.54)

28 June 2018

An application for an urgent remedies hearing concerning lands in the Rangataua and Umumore blocks was declined. There is no imminent risk of the properties being removed from the Tribunal's jurisdiction.

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Waitangi Tribunal procedure – urgent inquiries – urgency abandoned by applicants – Whangapoua Forest

The Whangapoua Forest Claim

Waitangi Tribunal (Wai 475, #2.67)

20 April 2018

Application for urgent remedies recommendations abandoned without prejudice to future steps.

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Maori reservations – limited inquiry granted – Harawira

Harawira - Te Tii A Maori Reservation (Waitangi Marae)

Māori Land Court (2018) 173 Taitokerau MB 245 (173 TTK 245)

29 May 2018

Inquiry into the administration of a reservation partially granted.

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June 2018 Pipiri – Contents

High Court – Te Kōti Matua

Land transfer - caveat preventing dealings - Crown agent proprietor - Accident Compensation Corporation v Stafford [2018] NZHC 218 - Toni Love

Māori Appellate Court – Te Kōti Pīra Māori

Breach of natural justice - no notice - Wade - Whakarewarewa Lot 29 Māori Reservation (Wāhiao Meeting House) [2018] Māori Appellate Court MB 283 (2018 APPEAL 283) - Toni Love

2018 Māori Appellate Court Judgments - index

Māori Land Court - Te Kōti Whenua Māori

Procedure - interrogatories - discovery - Kingsnorth v Crawford - Moutaruhe 5D Block (2018) 185 Waiariki MB 106 (185 WAR 106-112) - Carolyn Southey-Jensen

Equity - succession claim opposing survivorship - Tuwhangai v Boon – Kawhia U 2B Block (2018) 160 Waikato Maniapoto MB 113 (160 WMN 113) - Carolyn Southey-Jensen

Representation of Māori – review of earlier order – Whakatōhea – Edwards - Whakatōhea (2018) 183 Waiariki 169-194 (183 WAR 169) - Annelise Samuels

Representation of Māori – advice on effect of order declined – no jurisdiction – Whakatōhea – Edwards - Whakatōhea (2018) 181 Waiariki 121 (181 WAR 121) - Annelise Samuels

Chief Judge's powers - succession - exclusion - Rangi v Larkins - Estate of Hakaraia Muru Waata (2018) Chief Judge's MB 25 (2018 CJ 25) - Carolyn Southey-Jensen

Costs - application dismissed - costs should lie where they fall - Edwards v Tatere - Mangatainoka No 1BC No 2C1, Tamaki 2A1C Part (Lot DP7840) and Tamaki 2A2A (Balance) also known as Ngawapurua and Rua Roa Trusts (2018) 186 Waiariki MB 44-60 (186 WAR 44) - Annelise Samuels

Māori incorporations - partition - change of status - easement - Management Committee of Mangatawa Papamoa Blocks Incorporation - Lot 1 DPS 65413 and Part Mangatawa Papamoa SO 452445 (2018) 156 Waikato Maniapoto MB 77 (156 WMN 77) - Toni Love

Māori Incorporations - term of appointment - Pook v Gage - Mangaroa Block and Others (2018) 186 Waiariki MB 32-38 (186 WAR 32) - Annelise Samuels

Trusts - review of trust - standing - Russell v Burns Ōnuku 886 2B2 Ahu Whenua Trust (49 Waipounamu MB 34-44) (2018) 39 Te Waipounamu MB 43 (39 TWP 34) - Carolyn Southey-Jensen

Trusts - distribution - trustee liability - owner ballot - Takarangi v Owens - Hautu 2B1B2A No 3 (2018) 383 Aotea MB 50 (383 AOT 50) - Carolyn Southey-Jensen

Trusts - constitution of a whānau trust - Anderson v Anderson - Estate of Barlow Nathaniel Hahona Anderson & Estate of Ora Hanna Anderson (2018) 185 Waiariki MB 287 (185 WAR 287-303) - Carolyn Southey-Jensen

Trusts - intention to create a whānau trust - preliminary judgment - Mane - Waihou A8C1B1 (2018) 169 Taitokerau MB 108 (169 TTK 108) - Annelise Samuels

Trusts - whānau trust constituted - previous findings upheld - Mane - Waihou A8C1B1 (2018) 171 Taitokerau MB 291 ( 171 TTK 291)

2018 Māori Land Court Judgments - index

Waitangi Tribunal - Te Rōpū Whakamana i Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Whakatōhea mandate inquiry report - recognising a mandate to negotiate a settlement - Dr Carwyn Jones

Resource Management - Ngā Whakahaere Rauemi

Māori interests in natural resource management - 2017 in review by Anna Brenstrum, Annie O'Connor and Dave Randal


Appeal – breach of natural justice – no notice – Wade

Wade - Whakarewarewa Lot 29 Māori Reservation (Wāhiao Meeting House)

Māori Appellate Court [2018] Māori Appellate Court MB 283 (2018 APPEAL 283)

10 May 2018

Appeal from an order appointing trustees granted because of a failure to observe the principles of natural justice.

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Representation of Māori – advice on effect of order declined – no jurisdiction – Whakatōhea – Edwards

Edwards - Whakatōhea

Māori Land Court (2018) 181 Waiariki 121 (181 WAR 121)

21 February 2018

This decision is connected with an application for review of an order made in 1994 determining the most appropriate representatives of Whakatōhea for the purposes of negotiating a Treaty settlement. As part of that application, an advisory ruling was sought from the Court on the effect of the 1994 order. Funding to commission an expert witness was also sought. Both applications were dismissed. There was no jurisdiction in this case for the advisory pathway proposed.

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Representation of Māori – review of earlier order – Whakatōhea – Edwards

Edwards - Whakatōhea

Māori Land Court (2018) 183 Waiariki 169-194 (183 WAR 169)

12 March 2018

The Court heard and determined an application to review an order made in 1994 determining appropriate representatives to act for Whakatōhea in the negotiation of a Treaty settlement. The 1994 order remained valid. However, it was now ineffective and no longer addressed the needs of Whakatōhea. The Court amended the order so that it expired on the date of judgment, 12 March 2018.

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Land transfer – caveat preventing dealings – Crown agent proprietor – ACC

Accident Compensation Corporation v Stafford

High Court [2018] NZHC 218

22 February 2018

Application to remove a caveat preventing dealings with land. While there was no caveatable interest, the Court preserved the caveat temporarily so the Crown could consider intervening in the applicant corporation's investment property dealings. The caveator had argued that because the corporation is a Crown entity it's land could be caveated to prevent dealings and to preserve possible use of the land to satisfy Crown liability to the caveator for breach of fiduciary duty.

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Equity – succession claim opposing survivorship – Tuwhangai

Tuwhangai v Boon – Kawhia U 2B Block

Māori Land Court (2018) 160 Waikato Maniapoto MB 113 (160 WMN 113)

17 April 2018

Application for interests in joint tenancy by way of survivorship. Competing equitable claim set down for further hearing.

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Māori incorporations – partition – change of status – easement – Mangatawa

Management Committee of Mangatawa Papamoa Blocks Incorporation - Lot 1 DPS 65413 and Part Mangatawa Papamoa SO 452445 

Māori Land Court (2018) 156 Waikato Maniapoto MB 77 (156 WMN 77)

9 February 2018

To facilitate commercial development the Court granted applications for partition, change of status for land and an easement.

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Chief Judge’s powers – succession – exclusion – Rangi

Rangi v Larkins - Estate of Hakaraia Muru Waata 

Māori Land Court (2018) Chief Judge's MB 25 (2018 CJ 25)

23 April 2018

Application for cancellation of succession order refused but order made amending the Court's prior trust order.

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Costs – application dismissed – costs should lie where they fall – Edwards

Edwards v Tatere - Mangatainoka No 1BC No 2C1, Tamaki 2A1C Part (Lot DP7840) and Tamaki 2A2A (Balance) also known as Ngawapurua and Rua Roa Trusts

Māori Land Court (2018) 186 Waiariki MB 44-60 (186 WAR 44)

04 May 2018

Application for costs dismissed.

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Procedure – interrogatories – discovery – Kingsnorth

Kingsnorth v Crawford - Moutaruhe 5D Block 

Māori Land Court (2018) 185 Waiariki MB 106 (185 WAR 106-112)

20 April 2018

Application for order compelling answer to interrogatories denied. Application for discovery of bank records partially granted.

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