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Appeal in overlapping iwi land claims case

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/03/2017

Ngati Whatua Orakei is to appeal against a High Court decision not to hear its case seeking to clarify the Crown's process in negotiating Treaty of Waitangi settlements in Auckland.

Having already settled its treaty claim, it wants confirmation over the government's approach to "overlapping" claims.

"We want all iwi in Tamaki to settle with the Crown," Ngati Whatua Orakei Trust spokesman Ngarimu Blair said.

"However, that can't happen by undermining those who already have a settlement."

The trust filed papers in the High Court in 2015 over the Crown's proposal to transfer land in central Auckland to other iwi as part of their individual treaty settlements.

It sought a declaratory judgement in relation to the Crown's negotiation process with Ngati Paoa and Marutuahu, but the court has declined that application.

Mr Blair said the trust's focus was on protecting the settlements it agreed with the Crown in 1996 and 2012, "not stopping anyone else's."

"Litigation was our last option but Ngati Whatua Orakei believes this action will ultimately benefit all iwi who have settled, or will settle, with the Crown," he said.

"We are committed to seeking clarity on this matter, as the outcome of the case will have major consequences for iwi throughout Aotearoa and local councils and government departments who engage with iwi."

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