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.

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No urgent inquiry into use of the Mangawhai forest in settlement of Ngāti Manuhiri historical claims

Memorandum-directions of the Presiding Officer declining the application for an urgent hearing by William Kapea and Michael John Beazley on behalf of themselves and Ngā Uri o Maki-nui

Waitangi Tribunal (Wai 2181, #2.5.7, 1 March 2012)

The Waitangi Tribunal refused to convene an urgent hearing into use of the Mangawhai forest in settlement of Ngāti Manuhiri historical claims. Despite relying on the Supreme Court’s decision in Haronga v Waitangi Tribunal the applicants did not demonstrate that they would suffer significant or irreversible prejudice, nor that they were ready to proceed to an urgent inquiry.

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Representatives for Ngā Ruahine – Pue and Manuiririrangi v Ngā Hapū o Ngā Ruahine Iwi Inc

Pue and Manuiririrangi v Ngā Hapū o Ngā Ruahine Iwi Inc

(2011) 2011 Māori Appellate Court MB 577 (2011 Appeal MB 577)

18 November 2011

The Māori Appellate Court dismissed an appeal against a decision dismissing an application for an order that the appellants were the most appropriate representatives for Ngā Ruahine for the purpose of Treaty settlement negotiations. There would be no utility in the proposed order about representation.

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