Renika, an Associate in our Māori Legal Team, discusses the different aspects of claimant definition in a Treaty settlement context, including what a Large Natural Grouping is, how hapū sit within this and the role of a Wai claimant.
The Waitangi Tribunal has discretion to give priority to certain claims and in exceptional circumstances the Tribunal will adjust its priorities and reallocate its resources to determine applications for an urgent inquiry.
The Māori Land Court has the ability to order reasonable access to landlocked Māori land. This article examines the considerations the Court takes into account when determining whether to grant access, what the Court can actually do and how McCaw Lewis can help.
There are potentially a number of ownership issues with dwellings built on multiply-owned Māori land. This article discusses a recent case which is a reminder to those who build on multiply-owned Māori freehold land that, once built, the dwelling, if affixed to the land, is considered to form part of the title to the land, belonging to all of the owners.