Te Kōti Matua – High Court
Judicial review - costs - 40 per cent public interest discount - Raukawa Settlement Trust v Waitangi Tribunal  NZHC 1438 - Craig Linkhorn
Te Kōti Pīra Māori – Māori Appellate Court
Jurisdiction - General land owned by Māori - supervision of post-settlement land trusts - Moke v Ngāti Tarāwhai Iwi Trust  Māori Appellate Court MB 265 (2019 APPEAL 265) - Craig Linkhorn; comment on Moke v Ngāti Tarāwhai Iwi Trust - Tom Bennion
2019 Māori Appellate Court judgments - index
Te Kōti Whenua Māori – Māori Land Court
Injunction - estate accounts - Hutana - Estate of Te Whe Ariki Hutana (2019) 57 Te Waipounamu MB 27 (57 TWP 27) - Te Kooanga Awatere-Reedy
Chief Judge's powers - partition - no mistake - Peita - Motatau 3H2  Chief Judge’s MB 337 (2019 CJ 343) - Te Kooanga Awatere-Reedy
Māori Reservations - failure to protect funds - no relief from trustee liability - recipient liability - Tata v Katipa - Waiwhakaata 3E4C Lot 2A (2018) 170 Waikato Maniapoto MB 123 (170 WMN 123)
2019 Māori Land Court judgments - index
Te Rōpū Whakamana i Te Tiriti o Waitangi – Waitangi Tribunal
Te Mana Whatu Ahuru: Report on Te Rohe Pōtae Claims Part III (Wai 898, 2019) - Carolyn Southey-Jensen
Waitangi Tribunal procedure - urgent inquiry declined - prosecution of Māori - larger inquiry appropriate - Decision on application for an urgent hearing (Wai 2608, #2.5.3) - Meredith Clement
Waitangi Tribunal procedure - urgent inquiry declined - local government - upcoming kaupapa inquiry - Decision on application for an urgent inquiry (Wai 2883, #2.5.3) - Meredith Clement
Waitangi Tribunal procedure - urgent inquiry declined - local government electoral law - claim not ready to proceed - Decision of the Deputy Chairperson on application for an urgent hearing (Wai 2880, #2.5.4) - Meredith Clement
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Te Mana Whatu Ahuru: Report of Te Rohe Pōtae Claims - Claims Pre-publication version part 3
Te Rōpū Whakamana i Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Wai 898, 2019)
The Waitangi Tribunal has released part 3 of its report on Te Rohe Pōtae Claims in pre-publication format. This report follows on from parts 1 and 2 which were released in September 2018. This part addresses the land policy and legislation that the Crown imposed after 1900 in Te Rohe Pōtae and the implications this had for Te Rohe Pōtae Māori.
The following commentary summarises the arguments of the Crown and the claimants; some of the issues identified by the Tribunal; key aspects of the Tribunal’s discussion and the findings of the Tribunal under each chapter of this part of Te Mana Whatu Ahuru.
The Tribunal makes numerous findings of breach by the Crown of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi through successive legislative schemes that administered Māori land in a manner inconsistent with the interests of the owners and in a manner that promoted mass alienation of Te Rohe Pōtae Māori land. Through this conduct the Crown further failed to act in accordance with its assumed obligations to Te Rohe Pōtae Māori under Te Ōhāki Tapu and in particular Te Rohe Pōtae Māori expectations of mana whakakaere over their lands.
See Te Mana Whatu Ahuru: Report on Te Rohe Pōtae Claims Part I for a summary of chapters 1-6.
See Te Mana Whata Ahuru: Report of Te Rohe Pōtae Claims Part II for a summary on chapters 7-11.
For a shorter overview see Te Rohe Pōtae district inquiry – Te Mana Whatu Ahuru: Report on Te Rohe Pōtae Claims – overview
Download Te Mana Whatu Ahuru: Report of Te Rohe Pōtae Claims Part III (4 MB, PDF).
Raukawa Settlement Trust v Waitangi Tribunal
High Court  NZHC 1438
21 June 2019
Following a judicial review case the Court awarded costs to the successful party but discounted the award by 40 per cent to reflect public interest factors in the case.
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Decision on application for an urgent hearing
Waitangi Tribunal (Wai 2608, #2.5.3)
25 June 2019
A decision on an application for an urgent hearing into claims of disproportionate prosecution of Māori in the justice system. Urgent inquiry declined. The claim was more appropriately heard in the context of a larger inquiry rather than in isolation.
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Decision on application for an urgent inquiry - Whangarei Hapū Local Government Representation Claim
Waitangi Tribunal (Wai 2883, #2.5.3)
27 June 2019
A decision on an application for an urgent inquiry into claims about how local authorities engage with Māori. Application for urgent inquiry declined as it did not meet the required standards for urgency.
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Māori Land Court  Chief Judge’s MB 337 (2019 CJ 337)
30 April 2019
Application to cancel a combined partition order dismissed. The Court found that the applicant had not demonstrated that the order was erroneous in fact or in law because of any mistake or omission on the part of the Court or in the presentation of the facts of the case to the Court.
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Hutana - Estate of Te Whe Ariki Hutana
Māori Land Court (2019) 57 Te Waipounamu MB 27 (57 TWP 27)
1 July 2019
Application seeking an injunction to restrain the sole administrator's powers in relation to the estate's accounts granted. The Court found that the balance of convenience and overall justice favoured the granting of an interim injunction. The administrator of the estate is prohibited from dealing with the estate property and is restrained from making any distributions.
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