Paora - Te Tii Waitangi A (Waitangi Marae)
Māori Land Court (2015) 94 Taitokerau MB 134 (94 TTK 134)
16 January 2015
The appointment of eight responsible trustees as well as the reappointment of two of the interim trustees brought an end to almost 14 years of interim trusteeship of the marae reservation.
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Kīngi v Eru - Whakapoungakau 24
Māori Land Court (2014) [citation not yet available]
24 December 2014
Applicant alleged, but did not provide cogent evidence of, serious impropriety in the election of three nominees. Applicant given until 30 January 2015 to file evidence in support of the allegations. Failing that, the nominees will be appointed on that day.
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Bigham v Budd - Waiokura Marae and Reserves Trust
Māori Land Court (2014) 331 Aotea MB 151 (331 AOT 151)
24 December 2014
Nominees appointed as trustees of Waiokura marae.
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The Māori Trustee v O'Rorke - Pukekohatu 7B
Māori Land Court (2014) 329 Aotea MB 79 (329 AOT 79)
28 November 2014
Partial termination of an ahu whenua trust. Pukekohatu 7B was revested in its beneficial owners and the Pukekohatu 7B Trust was constituted pursuant to s 215 of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993, to which the Māori Trustee was appointed responsible trustee. This outcome was found to provide a practical solution to competing uses of land and allowed for retention of the land in the owners' hands while allowing use and development in accordance with the parties' wishes.
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Sigley - Te Tii (Waitangi) B3 Trust
Māori Land Court (2014) 80 Taitokerau MB 233 (80 TTK 233)
27 May 2014
Successful application to reappoint three current trustees of Te Tii (Waitangi) B3 Trust following its 2013 AGM. "Block voting" is appropriate where the number of nominees is smaller than the number of positions available. Disqualification of a nominee found to be in accordance with the trust order but highlighted the need for more clarity in the registration of the tupuna whānau representatives.
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Moses - Hopuruahine East & 12 other blocks
Māori Land Court (2014) 37 Tairāwhiti MB 238 (37 TRW 238)
6 March 2014
The Deputy Chief Judge accepted the resignation of the Tūhoe Waikaremoana Trust Board from the position of responsible trustee for 13 Māori reservations surrounding Lake Waikaremoana. 10 nominees were appointed as interim trustees. The owners were directed to have a final meeting and apply to the Court after one year to seek reconfirmation of the trustees' positions or to seek appointment of new trustees.
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Stebbing - Tauhara Middle 4A 2B 2C (Opepe Farm Trust)
Māori Land Court (2014) 92 Waiariki MB 218 (92 WAR 218)
17 March 2014
Successful application for the reappointment of three trustees, the appointment of an additional trustee, and an increase in the trustees' fees.
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Brown v Brownlie - Pipituangi A Ahu Whenua Trust
Māori Land Court (2013) 36 Tairāwhiti MB 78 (36 TRW 78)
23 December 2013
Application to appoint two people as additional trustees dismissed. The nominees would not be able to administer the trust in an unbiased and non-partisan manner due to their family relationships with the incumbent trustees.
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Turangawaewae Trust Board v Takerei - Section 166 Suburb of Newcastle North
Māori Land Court (2013) 67 Waikato-Maniapoto MB 113 (67 WMN 113)
8 November 2013
Decision to appoint two nominees as trustees deferred. Since 1949 it was intended that the trustee should be the Turangawaewae Trust Board. The Ngaruawahia Pa Regulations 1940 had been repealed. Therefore, since it is a body corporate, appointment of Board members is an internal matter and there is no need for the Court's involvement.
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Deputy Registrar v Rakiura Māori Lands Trust - Rakiura Māori Lands Trust
Māori Land Court (2013) 21 Te Waipounamu MB 35 (21 TWP 35)
22 November 2013
There was no reason to interfere with the outcome of an election. The trustees were directed to make better use of email and social media in future to improve communication with owners.
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Davis - Torere Reserves Trust
Māori Land Court (2013) 82 Waiariki MB 267 (82 WAR 267)
17 September 2013
Application to appoint replacement trustees dismissed on the ground that the two nominees no longer enjoyed the support of the beneficiaries.
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Severne - Lake Rotoaira Trust
Māori Land Court (2013) 298 Aotea MB 267 (298 AOT 267)
12 March 2013
Interim trustees' term extended for 18 months. Replacement trustee appointed.
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Pue v Kīngi - Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) Whenua Tōpu Trust
Māori Land Court (2012) 291 Aotea MB 257 (291 AOT 257)
31 October 2012
Breaches of trust order were sufficiently serious to warrant removal of six trustees. Four had already resigned and the remaining two were invited to do the same. Five interim replacement trustees were appointed, subject to consent.
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Procter - Horowhenua 11
Māori Land Court (2012) 293 Aotea MB 165 (193 AOT 165)
26 November 2012
Successful application for the appointment of 11 individuals as responsible trustees of the Lake Horowhenua Trust. Terms of trust were issued to address concerns about potential conflicts of interest.
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McLaughlin - Wharekahika C7 & C11
Māori Land Court (2012) 26 Tairāwhiti MB 128 (26 TRW 128)
30 October 2012
Successful application for appointment of replacement trustees. Objection to the nominees' appointment was based on grounds that lacked substance and did not affect the suitability of the nominees.
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Tito v Tito
Court of Appeal  NZCA 493
29 October 2012
The Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal from the Māori Appellate Court's decision to appoint two interim trustees to an ahu whenua trust. The Court suggested the owners consider appointing an independent professional as sole responsible trustee given the narrow scope of the trust's operations.
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Rātima v Sullivan - Tataraakina C Trust
Māori Land Court (2012) 15 Takitimu MB 57 (15 TKT 15) and 18 Takitimu MB 75 (18 TKT 75)
13 April 2012 (interim injunction) and 19 July 2012 (interim judgment)
In April 2012 the Court issued an interim injunction restraining the trustees of Tataraakina C Trust from taking any further steps in relation to the appointment of an Executive Officer or Project Manager and Office Manager until further orders of the Court.
Following further hearings a number of consent orders were made and the interim injunction continued. These orders included the trustees resigning and being appointed advisory trustees to a newly appointed independent responsible trustee.
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Henare v Māori Trustee - Parengarenga 3G
Māori Appellate Court (2012) 2012 Māori Appellate Court MB 1 (2012 APPEAL 1)
9 January 2012
A Judge should not grant a rehearing on an application made more than 28 days after an order unless satisfied that the application could not reasonably have been made sooner (s 43(2)/93). Here the evidence was inconclusive on the reasons for a late application for rehearing. It was unsafe for the Court to have concluded a rehearing out of time should be granted. The appeal against the grant of a rehearing was allowed. The case was remitted for further orders to the judge who gave the initial decision the subject of the application for a rehearing.
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Phillips v Gemmell - Mohaka A4 Trust
Māori Land Court (2012) 13 Tākitimu MB 264 (13 TKT 264)
8 February 2012
Four persons appointed as advisory trustees. Application to appoint Ms Phillips as an advisory trustee was declined on the basis that this was inappropriate given that she was a debtor to the trust.
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Tukapua v Taueki - Horowhenua Block 11
Māori Land Court (2012) 278 Aotea MB 172 (278 AOT 172)
31 January 2012
Brenton Tukapua was appointed as an additional responsible trustee. There was no need to wait for the conclusion of various other matters before the Courts. Foreshadowed future litigation should not fetter the Court's jurisdiction.
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Tawhai - Whakatere Ki Koranui Trust and Waima North A22
Māori Land Court (2011) 29 Taitokerau MB 212 (29 TTK 212)
2 November 2011
Trust found to be dysfunctional and in financial difficulties. Had the trustees other than Mr Toia not already resigned then they would have been removed for breach of duty. Extreme situation required appointment of professional trustee.
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Gemmell - Mohaka A4 Trust
Māori Land Court (2011) 11 Takitimu MB 86 (11 TKT 86)
9 September 2011
Interim independent trustee appointed for 12 months and tasked with resolving the annual accounts, completing audits and other responsibilities. A debtor to the Trust cannot be a trustee. Trustees were not sufficiently independent of the various challenging issues to be able to administer the land in the best interests of the owners.
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McLelland - Ngati Hine H2B
Māori Land Court (2011) 21 Taitokerau MB 57 (21 TTK 57)
19 May 2011
Application to appoint replacement trustees to the Ngati Hine Forestry Trust in accordance with the election held at the Trust's 2010 AGM. The introduction of a poll vote was in accordance with the Trust order and did not cause unfairness despite the Court noting some procedural shortcomings. Mr Shortland's participation had not been lawful and the polling results were adjusted accordingly.
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Te Tii Waitangi B3
Māori Land Court (2011) 17 Taitokerau MB 294 (17 TTK 294)
16 March 2011
The Court declined to appoint a nominee as trustee, concluding that his views were incompatible with being a trustee, he lacked the necessary knowledge and experience, and it was likely that he would disrupt the Trust's business.
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