Kameta v Nicholas
Court of Appeal  NZCA 350
3 August 2012
A will maker can dispose of a beneficial interest in Māori freehold land to specified classes of people only. One is persons who are both related by blood to the testator and a member of the hapū associated with the land (s 108(2) Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993). The Court of Appeal held that although it is a question of degree, a whakapapa connection within the hapū associated with the land satisfies the statutory requirement to be “related by blood” to a will maker.
The Māori Appellate Court’s collective knowledge of tikanga and specialist expertise means it enjoys a particular advantage in determining questions of fact that the Court of Appeal will respect.