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High Court Weekly Summaries

Pānuitia mai. Keep updated on the High Court action by reading our weekly summaries. Information will be categorised by week and updated at the end of every Court sitting week (Fridays). 

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei ki te Kōti Teitei.

Wiki 1: Rātū 9 Huitanguru - Thursday 11 Huitanguru, 2021

  • Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei began its legal case in the High Court on Tuesday, 9 February following the 7k mhīkoi from Ōrākei Marae. The Chapman Tripp team and Jack Hodder QC were humbled to receive taonga from Ōrākei whānau, which will guide them through the weeks to come;
  • Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei whānau were a strong presence in the Court during the first week of the hearing – karakia and waiata were heard and acknowledged by the Court. Some Te Akitai and Ngāti Paoa/Marutuahu representatives attended too.
  • During the first half of the first week of the hearing Jack Hodder QC and the Chapman Tripp team made our introductory arguments, describing for the Judge, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei’s long journey to settlement, the Supreme Court victory in 2018, and tikanga principles we are asking the Court to recognise.
  • During the second half of the first week of the hearing, the Crown and other iwi presented a range of views, with Ngāti Paoa, Ngai Te Rangi and Ngati Kuri broadly consistent with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. Marutuahu, Ngai Tai Ki Tamaki and Te Akitai stressed the complexities of whanaungatanga and the inter-relatedness of the iwi of Tāmaki.
  • The Crown denies that it assesses or can affect ahi kā or mana whenua. It says that the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei individual Treaty settlement must be seen in the context of the Tāmaki Collective Settlement. 
  • Court will break until 22 February. Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei witnesses will begin on Monday 22 February, beginning with Te Kurataiahao Kapea followed by Taiaha Hawke, Margaret Kawharu and Ngarimu Blair.  Te Kura will give his evidence in te reo rangatira, a rare occurence in the High Court. Karawhiua!

Wiki 2: Rāhina 22 Huitanguru - Rāmere 26 Huitanguru, 2021

Below is the schedule for Ngāti Whātua witnesses during wiki 2.

Monday, 22 February – Te Kurataiaho Kapea, Taiaha Hawke
Tuesday, 23 February – Margaret Kawharu
Wednesday, 24 February – Margaret Kawharu, Ngarimu Blair
Thursday, 25 February – Ngarimu Blair
Friday, 26 February – Ngarimu Blair