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E25 Māori News Items to 30 Hōngongoi (July) 2021

E25 Māori News Items to 30 Hōngongoi (July) 2021

Last Friday a judgement by Justice Gwyn (Wellington High Court) confirmed the rights of Ngāti Tūwharetoa to licence and charge for commercial recreational activities based on Taupō moana (lake Taupō). By way of background, the Ngāti Tūwharetoa ownership of the lakebed and ‘air space above it’ was part of the 2007 settlement between the Crown and the iwi, but a grouping wanted to test to see if this meant the iwi could charge for activities. Justice Gwyn concludes; “it is the Trust Board, and not the Management Board, that has the power and responsibility to approve (and charge for) all commercial activities on Taupō Waters, including commercial recreational activities”.

https://www.tuwharetoa.co.nz/app/uploads/2021/07/Scanned_Declaratory-Judgment.pdf

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