An update on applications lodged in the High Court:
- The second round of case management conferences are currently underway. The applicants have been requested to provide evidence to back up their claims, including accurate maps. They have also been instructed to deal with the overlapping claims. One of our members attended the conference held on 27th June in the Auckland High Court and will be reporting back to our Working Group at the July meeting.
- A pre-trial hearing for the Ngapuhi Test Case Proposal was held in Whangarei on 25th June.
- At least one of the applicants is seeking a second hearing to resolve the matter of the role and status of the Attorney-General in legal proceedings under the Marine and Coastal Area Act. According to this claimant, “dealing honourably with Treaty issues, and giving Maori a fair opportunity to have their proprietary rights in the Marine and Coastal Area acknowledged and restored, are actions which are in the public interest”.
Justice Churchman, in the Auckland High Court on 27th June, gave notice of an upcoming hearing regarding the role of the Attorney General – possibly late July.
An update on other applications:
Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Porou Bill (No. 2) passes Third Reading on Thursday 23rd May. This bill gives effect to the deed of agreement between ngā hapū o Ngāti Porou and the Crown and replaces a bill of the same name signed in 2008. It provides a framework for customary rights recognition in the common marine and coastal area.
Map of the marine and coastal area claimed by ngā hapū o Ngāti Porou
See the government website for further information - please click HERE.
Media coverage - Scoop News: Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Porou Bill (No. 2) passes Third Reading
Will the Crown be defending the public interest in the High Court?
Lee has finally received a reply to an email he sent to Andrew Little, in which he asked if the Government will be appointing legal counsel to defend the public interest in every case that comes before the High Court. According to the response, it appears not necessarily so. Minister Little’s letter can be seen below.