On 18 December 2012 the Supreme Court released its decision in Takamore v Clarke. The case is about who has the right to decide where a body is buried. read more
R v Mason
High Court  NZHC 1361
15 June 2012
Mr Mason was facing trial on one count of murder and one count of attempted murder. He applied to be dealt with in accordance with tikanga Māori (Māori customary law). The High Court refused. Subsequent to this ruling Mr Mason entered guilty pleas to the charges and was remanded for sentence.
The Court’s reasons have now been issued. These contain discussion of how tikanga Māori fits with statute-based criminal law in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Takamore v Clarke
Court of Appeal  NZCA 587
23 November 2011
James Takamore died in Christchurch in 2007 having lived most of his adult life there without participating actively in the affairs and customs of his iwi, Whakatohea and Ngāi Tūhoe. After he died, his whanaunga came to claim (tono) his body. Before the matter was resolved by discussions, relatives of the deceased took the tūpāpaku to Opotiki where a tangi (funeral) was held nearby and burial took place in a private urupa (cemetery).