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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Trusts – whānau trust constituted – previous findings upheld – Mane

Mane - Waihou A8C1B1 

Māori Land Court (2018) 171 Taitokerau MB 291 ( 171 TTK 291)

01 May 2018

Reserved decision finalising orders made in a previous preliminary decision. The submissions received by the Court did not materially alter its previous findings. The Lucy Mane Whānau Trust was constituted over land associated with the homestead, occupation orders were granted and the application for an injunction was dismissed with the matter to be addressed by the newly appointed trustees.

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Māori Incorporations – term of appointment – Pook

Pook v Gage - Mangaroa Block and Others

Māori Land Court (2018) 186 Waiariki MB 32-38 (186 WAR 32)

02 May 2018

Further clarification of an earlier preliminary decision about the effect of appointments to a committee of management.

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Trusts – review of trust – standing – Russell

Russell v Burns Ōnuku 886 2B2 Ahu Whenua Trust (49 Waipounamu MB 34-44)

Māori Land Court (2018) 39 Te Waipounamu MB 43 (39 TWP 34)

5 April 2018

Application for review of an ahu whenua trust dismissed.

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Trusts – distribution – trustee liability – owner ballot – Takarangi

Takarangi v Owens - Hautu 2B1B2A No 3  

Māori Land Court (2018) 383 Aotea MB 50 (383 AOT 50)

20 April 2018

Application for distribution of trust funds and relief of trustee liability to be determined following an owner ballot.

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Trusts – constitution of a whānau trust – Anderson

Anderson v Anderson - Estate of Barlow Nathaniel Hahona Anderson & Estate of Ora Hanna Anderson 

Māori Land Court (2018) 185 Waiariki MB 287 (185 WAR 287-303)

27 April 2018

Applications for discovery and for the constitution of the 'Barlow' whānau trust granted. Application for the constitution of the Ora whānau trust set down for further hearing.

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Trusts – intention to create a whānau trust – preliminary judgment – Mane

Mane - Waihou A8C1B1 

Māori Land Court (2018) 169 Taitokerau MB 108 (169 TTK 108)

13 March 2018

A preliminary judgment in relation to Waihou A8C1B1. The homestead land interests were held on trust and the Court intends to re-constitute a whānau trust over these interests. Further applications to be decided at a later hearing.

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