Post by Kiwi Frontline on Apr 18, 2019 17:11:55 GMT 12
IWI APPEALS DOC DECISION TO GIFT LAND TO MORIORI
Plans by the Department of Conservation to gift 1,200 hectares of land to Moriori on the Chatham Islands are being challenged in the Court of Appeal today in Wellington.
The Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri Iwi Trust claim they have the rights to the land as mana whenua.
The Director of Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri Asset Holding Tom McClurg says, "Our view on the Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri side is that shared interest are best dealt with by shared arrangements. So either land should stay with DOC [The Department of Conservation] and then the Crown can deal with both iwi as Treaty partners or, if its vested, the vesting should involve both iwi.
"Both Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri and Moriori have overlapping customary interest in Taia."......