February 24, 2014
Jackson and Auckland Maori Statutory Board in court stoush
The High Court has heard a challenge to the body appointing members to the Auckland Independent Maori Statutory Board
Manukau Urban Maori Authority CEO Willie Jackson is challenging the decision of the body, which is made up of Mana Whenua representatives, not to pick him for one of the two Mataawaka seats.
Mr Jackson's nomination, for one of the two Mataawaka seats, representing Maori who come from iwi outside of Auckland, was supported by a range of Maori organisations from throughout the city.
The selection body passed him over, instead reappointing the two reps on the initial board, Waipareira Trust CE John Tamihere and Papakura Marae CE Tony Kake.
Mr Jackson's lawyer, Te Kani Williams, argued that there was no written evidence of support for Mr Kake's nomination.
The lawyer for the iwi appointers, David Randall, said the body was required to take in to account Mataawaka submissions but, had the final discretion, based on its own specialist knowledge.
It's expected Judge Alicia Duffy will reserve her decision.
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