May 29, 2019
Wakatū frustrated at crown inaction
Nelson-based Wakatū Incorporation says it’s still waiting for the crown to open genuine discussions to resolve its case.
In February 2017 the Supreme Court upheld the position of Wakatū, which is made up of descendants of the original Māori owners, that the Crown should have protected reserves that were supposed to be set aside from the sale of land in the 1840s.
Under crown stewardship two thirds of the original 15,100 acres of reserved was lost.
While the Supreme Court directed the matter back to the High Court to determine issues of breach and remedy, Wakatu chief executive Kerensa Johnston says the incorporation’s preference is an out of court settlement, rather than more litigation.
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