Funding claimant groups for negotiation in preference to litigation – Taueki v Crown Forestry Rental Trust
Taueki v Crown Forestry Rental Trust
High Court, Wellington (CIV 2011-485-1497)
17 February 2012
The High Court granted an application by the Crown Forestry Rental Trust (CFRT) for summary judgment against the plaintiff’s application for judicial review of a CFRT decision to recognise Muaūpoko Tribal Authority (MTA) as a beneficiary. The decision was challenged on the basis that MTA was not Māori and did not have a claim before the Waitangi Tribunal involving Crown forest licensed land. Ronald Young J was satisfied that the evidence unequivocally established that when CFRT recognised MTA as an approved client in 2009 MTA did represent claimants in the Waitangi Tribunal. Therefore there was no error of fact.