Costs award – Nikau

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Costs award – Gillies

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High threshold to succeed on appeal against costs awards

Nikau v Te Rongomau - Whangape Parish Lot 23B (Horahora Marae) (2012) 2012 Māori Appellate Court MB 300 (2012 APPEAL 300)

Māori Appellate Court 1 June 2012

The Māori Appellate Court dismissed an appeal against a costs award. No grounds were made out to disturb the lower court's award of 70% of the actual costs of the successful party. The Court observed that it would be helpful in considering costs to know what scale costs in the High Court would be for equivalent proceedings. The Court also observed that a good case can be made for ordering security against costs on costs appeals.

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Costs – costs should follow the event – Manuirirangi v Paraninihi Ki Waitotara Inc

Manuirirangi v Paraninihi Ki Waitotara Inc – Paraninihi Ki Waitotara

Māori Appellate Court (2002) 15 Aotea Appellate MB 64 (15 WGAP 64)

27 August 2002

An order that costs should lie where they fell made by the Deputy Chief Judge, exercising the Chief Judge's powers, was successfully appealed. Costs should follow the event. The Māori Land Court has a role in facilitating ongoing amicable relationships, especially where the parties are whānau to each other, which can render awards of costs inappropriate. However, the parties here were shareholders and a large, experienced and well resourced Incorporation. Fault was an irrelevant consideration.

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