Court of Appeal rules Waitangi Tribunal must grant binding recommendations

The Crown’s bid to overturn
previous high court decisions, which instructed
the Waitangi Tribunal to resolve outstanding Maori land
claims has been dismissed. The Court of Appeal has sent
Mangatu Incorporation and Ngati Kahu’s
binding recommendations claim back to the Waitangi Tribunal. The decision released yesterday maintains that the tribunal
cannot resort to the current treaty claims
settlement policy to avoid granting
binding recommendations. Under current law, the Waitangi Tribunal has the power to return state owned enterprise
properties and Crown forest land to Maori if Maori land alienation
claims have been upheld. Te Karere will have more
on this story tomorrow.

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