April 2018 Paenga-whāwhā – Contents

High Court – Te Kōti Matua

Injunction - dismissed - beneficial interest - Mitchell v Mitchell [2017] NZHC 1759 - Toni Love

Māori Appellate Court – Te Kōti Pīra Māori

Judicial recusal - apparent bias - prior role as barrister - Rudd v Hurunui - Horowhenua 11 Part Reservation [2018] Māori Appellate Court MB 123 (2018 APPEAL 123) - Toni Love

Procedure - rehearing application out of time - Karena v Te Koau A Ahu Whenua Trust [2018] Māori Appellate Court MB 154 (2018 APPEAL 154) - Toni Love

Procedure - standing - adduce further evidence - appeal dismissed - Charters v Rika - Arataua 4C [2018] Māori Appellate Court MB 142 (2018 APPEAL 142) - Toni Love

Succession - double event - interpretation of survive - Williams - Estate of Blewett Porou Williams [2018] Māori Appellate Court MB 47 (2018 APPEAL 47) - Toni Love

2018 Māori Appellate Court Judgments - index

2017 Māori Appellate Court Judgments - index

Māori Land Court - Te Kōti Whenua Māori

Ownership - equitable interests - constructive trust rejected - Broad v Massey - Otarihau 2B1C (2018) 169 Taitokerau MB 138 (169 TTK 138) - Annelise Samuels

Status of land - land remains Māori freehold land - Western Bay of Plenty District Council - Rangiuru 1A 7B 8B1 Residue (2018) 181 Waiariki MB 157 (181 WAR 157) - Carolyn Southey-Jensen

Succession - determination of entitlement - estoppel - Charteris v Rowe - Estate of David Charteris (2018) 181 Waiariki MB 108 (181 WAR 108) - Carolyn Southey-Jensen

Trusts - trustee removal - enforcement of trust obligations - White v Franks - Te Komiti 1A1 Ahu Whenua Trust (2018) 167 Taiokerau MB 292 (167 TTK 292) - Carolyn Southey-Jensen

Roadway - variation - reversion to earlier order - Eruera - Kōkōhinau Block (2018) 179 Waiariki MB 249 (179 WAR 249) - Carolyn Southey-Jensen

Landlocked land - access - easement granted - Tuson - Mangamuka West 3B2A (2018) 168 Taitokerau MB 17 (168 TTK 17) - Annelise Samuels

2018 Māori Land Court Judgments - index

2017 Māori Land Court Judgments - index

Resource Management - Ngā Whakahaere Rauemi

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

Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie student essay competition 2017

Durability of the Treaty settlement process: Ngāti Whātua, tikanga, and overlapping claims - Cate Barnett


Procedure – rehearing application out of time – Karena

Karena v Te Koau A Ahu Whenua Trust

Māori Appellate Court [2018] Māori Appellate Court MB 154 (2018 APPEAL 154)

28 March 2018

The Court dismissed an appeal from a decision where the lower Court decided a rehearing application should not be granted. The Appellate Court restated the applicable principles for rehearing applications filed out of time.

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Judicial recusal – apparent bias – prior role as barrister – Rudd

Rudd v Hurunui - Horowhenua 11 Part Reservation

Māori Appellate Court [2018] Māori Appellate Court MB 123 (2018 APPEAL 123)

8 March 2018

Application to appeal decisions of the Māori Land Court about the operation of the Horowhenua 11 Part
Reservation Trust allowed.

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Procedure – standing – adduce further evidence – appeal dismissed – Charters

Charters v Rika - Arataua 4C

Māori Appellate Court [2018] Māori Appellate Court MB 142 (2018 APPEAL 142)

7 March 2018

Application to appeal a decision appointing three trustees to the Arataua 4C Ahu Whenua Trust dismissed.

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Succession – double event – interpretation of survive – Williams

Williams - Estate of Blewett Porou Williams

Māori Appellate Court [2018] Māori Appellate Court MB 47 (2018 APPEAL 47)

23 February 2018

Appeal allowed about a succession order determining a class of beneficiaries. The will maker's intention was to provide for his grandchildren and descendants.

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Ownership – equitable interests – constructive trust rejected – Broad

Broad v Massey - Otarihau 2B1C

Māori Land Court (2018) 169 Taitokerau MB 138 (169 TTK 138)

13 March 2018

A determination that shares in a block were a gift, were not held on trust and should not be subject to a remedial constructive trust.

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Status of land – land remains Māori freehold land – Western Bay of Plenty District Council

Western Bay of Plenty District Council - Rangiuru 1A 7B 8B1 Residue 

Māori Land Court (2018) 181 Waiariki MB 157 (181 WAR 157)

26 February 2018

Determination that the status of land remains Māori freehold land.

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Landlocked land – access – easement granted – Tuson

Tuson - Mangamuka West 3B2A 

Māori Land Court (2018) 168 Taitokerau MB 17 (168 TTK 17)

23 February 2018

In this preliminary decision the Court granted access to Mangamuka West 3B2A on the basis that the land was landlocked. An easement was granted subject to an approved plan and compensation being settled. The orders were to lie in court for one month and finalised then if no objections received.

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Succession – determination of entitlement – estoppel – Charteris

Charteris v Rowe - Estate of David Charteris 

Māori Land Court (2018) 181 Waiariki MB 108 (181 WAR 108)

21 February 2018

Application to determine beneficial entitlement dismissed. The High Court has already determined those beneficially entitled to succeed.

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Trusts – trustee removal – enforcement of trust obligations – White

White v Franks - Te Komiti 1A1 Ahu Whenua Trust 

Māori Land Court (2018) 167 Taiokerau MB 292 (167 TTK 292)

21 February 2018

An application to remove trustees was dismissed. An order was made to enforce trust obligations against a trustee.

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Roadway – variation – reversion to earlier order – Eruera

Eruera - Kōkōhinau Block 

Māori Land Court (2018) 179 Waiariki MB 249 (179 WAR 249)

12 February 2018

Variation of a roadway order granted.

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March 2018 Poutū-te-rangi – Contents

High Court – Te Kōti Matua

Injunction - dismissed - beneficial interest - Mitchell v Mitchell [2017] NZHC 1759 - Toni Love

Māori Appellate Court – Te Kōti Pīra Māori

Injunction - appeal granted - no notice - Reihana v Benedito - Punakitere [2018] Māori Appellate Court MB 32 (2018 APPEAL 32) - Toni Love

2018 Māori Appellate Court Judgments - index

2017 Māori Appellate Court Judgments - index

Māori Land Court - Te Kōti Whenua Māori

Rehearing - succession orders remain - no whakapapa link - Kerehoma v Haeta-Kuku - Estate of Kenneth James Haeta-Kuku (2017) 65 Tākitimu MB 23 (65 TKT 23) - Toni Love

Trusts - trustee - liability for amounts received in breach - ineligibility for reappointment - Rātima v Sullivan - Tataraakina C Trust (2017) 64 Tākitimu MB 121 (64 TKT 121) - Toni Love

Trusts - trustee removal - ineligibility period - Rātima v Sullivan - Tataraakina C Trust (2015) 41 Tākitimu MB 102 (41 TKT 102) - Annelise Samuels

Trusts - review of trust, enforcement of trustee obligations, removal of trustees - Broadman - Waimarama 3A 4B Sec 5 Block (2018) 66 Tākitimu MB 207 (66 TKT 207) - Toni Love

Trusts - conflict of interest - contracts rescinded - Matchitt v Butler - Mangatareka 3B (2017) 177 Waiariki MB 170 (177 WAR 170) - Toni Love

Māori Reservation - recommendation - urupā - Maori Trustee - Waerenga-a-Hika Māori Cemetery (2017) 73 Tairāwhiti MB 16 (73 TKT 16) - Toni Love

2018 Māori Land Court Judgments - index

2017 Māori Land Court Judgments - index

Resource Management - Ngā Whakahaere Rauemi

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

Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie student essay competition 2017

Durability of the Treaty settlement process: Ngāti Whātua, tikanga, and overlapping claims - Cate Barnett


Injunction – dismissed – beneficial interest – Mitchell 

Mitchell v Mitchell 

High Court [2017] NZHC 1759

28 July 2017

Application for an interim injunction dismissed.

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Trusts – trustee – liability for amounts received in breach – ineligibility for reappointment – Rātima

Rātima v Sullivan - Tataraakina C Trust

Māori Land Court (2017) 64 Tākitimu MB 121 (64 TKT 121)

29 November 2017

Determination as to the extent of the potential and actual liability of the former trustees of Tataraakina C Trust finds that trustees must repay the trust for amounts received in breach of their duties or losses caused to the trust.

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Trusts – conflict of interest – contracts rescinded – Matchitt

Matchitt v Butler - Mangatareka 3B

Māori Land Court (2017) 177 Waiariki MB 170 (177 WAR 170)

14 December 2017

Contracts were rescinded. Entering into the contracts was a serious and flagrant breach of the requirement to be free from conflicts.

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Rehearing – succession orders remain – no whakapapa link – Kerehoma

Kerehoma v Haeta-Kuku - Estate of Kenneth James Haeta-Kuku

Māori Land Court (2017) 65 Tākitimu MB 23 (65 TKT 23)

19 December 2017

Rehearing concerning orders made for succession to Māori land interests. The original orders should remain. There is no whakapapa link between the deceased and the applicant and as such she cannot succeed to land interests.

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Māori Reservation – recommendation – urupā – Maori Trustee

Maori Trustee - Waerenga-a-Hika Māori Cemetery 

Māori Land Court (2017) 73 Tairāwhiti MB 16 (73 TKT 16)

19 December 2017

Recommendation that Waerenga-a-Hika Māori Cemetery be owned by the descendants of Hokinga and that the land be set aside as a Māori reservation for the purpose of an urupā for the common use and benefit of Te Aitanga a Mahaki.

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Appeal – granted – no notice – Reihana

Reihana v Benedito - Punakitere 4J2B2B, 4J2B2C, 4J2B2D, 4J2B2E, 4J2B2F, 4J2B2G, 4J2B2H1 and 4J2B2H2 Blocks

Māori Appellate Court [2018] Māori Appellate Court MB 32 (2018 APPEAL 32)

31 January 2018

Appeal against a permanent injunction granted due to a lack of proper notice. Rehearing ordered.

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Māori interests in natural resource management: 2017 in review

Anna Brenstrum, Annie O'Connor and Dave Randal from Buddle Findlay review legal developments from 2017 relating to Māori interests in natural resources. read more

Trusts – review of trust, enforcement of trustee obligations, removal of trustees – Broadman

Broadman - Waimarama 3A 4B Sec 5 Block

Māori Land Court (2018) 66 Tākitimu MB 207 (66 TKT 207)

22 February 2018

Determination as to whether annual accounts and general meetings have been prepared and held, whether payments made to trustees were lawful, whether the “attendance fee” to owners was prudent, and whether the trustees can remain in office. The trustees have failed to act prudently and impartially sufficient to warrant their removal as it was both unreasonable and naive for them to believe their conduct was permissible under the trust order or the general law.

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Trusts – trustee removal – ineligibility period – Ratima

Rātima v Sullivan - Tataraakina C Trust

Māori Land Court (2015) 41 Tākitimu MB 102 (41 TKT 102)

9 July 2015

Determination that actions of trustees amounted to a breach of trust sufficient to warrant their removal and deem them ineligible for re-election for a period.

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February 2018 Hui tanguru – Contents

Court of Appeal – Te Kōti Pīra

Judicial review - appeal dismissed - use of conservation land - decision gave effect to Treaty principles - Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Tribal Trust v Minister of Conservation [2017] NZCA 613 - James Watson

High Court – Te Kōti Matua

Trespass - appeal - defence of honest belief unavailable - Crockenberg v New Zealand Police [2017] NZHC 2704 - Toni Love

Māori Appellate Court – Te Kōti Pīra Māori

2017 Māori Appellate Court Judgments - index

Māori Land Court - Te Kōti Whenua Māori

Trusts - recovery of rental income - Nicholls v Nicholls - Koromatua 3A (2017) 154 Waikato-Maniapoto MB 128 (154 WMN 128) - Toni Love

Trusts - trustee removal - enforcement of obligations of trust - Tamaki - Paremata Mokau A7A1 (Mokau Marae) (2017) 163 Taitokerau MB 256 (163 TTK 256) - Toni Love

Costs - no award - no successful party - Dennett v Te Tumu Paeroa - Rotohokahoka D North 2A (2017) 178 Waiariki MB 24 (178 WAR 24) - Toni Love

2018 Māori Land Court judgments - index

2017 Māori Land Court Judgments - index

Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie student essay competition 2017

Durability of the Treaty settlement process: Ngāti Whātua, tikanga, and overlapping claims - Cate Barnett


Costs – no award – no successful party – Dennett

Dennett v Te Tumu Paeroa - Rotohokahoka D North 2A

Māori Land Court (2017) 178 Waiariki MB 24 (178 WAR 24)

21 December 2017

Application for for an award of costs dismissed.

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Trusts – recovery of rental income – Nicholls

Nicholls v Nicholls - Koromatua 3A

Māori Land Court (2017) 154 Waikato-Maniapoto MB 128 (154 WMN 128)

21 December 2017

Application for recovery of rental income granted.

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2018 Māori Land Court judgments – index

This table lists the 2018 judgments of the Māori Land Court and contains links to reports about the decisions. read more