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Indigineous Rights

Waitangi Tribunal

The Waitangi Tribunal hears claims against the Crown alleging breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealandís founding constitutional document. The Tribunal has developed its own jurisprudence, and has devised its own procedures for hearing claims. I have had experience in a number of historical inquiries before the Tribunal.

High Court

Claims before the Waitangi Tribunal may come before the High Court by way of judicial review, which is one of my special areas of interest (see Appeals and Reviews). In some situations, litigation involving indigenous rights may also be brought by way of ordinary civil proceedings in the High Court.

Significant cases

  • Paki v Attorney-General [2009] 1 NZLR 72 (HC): Claim to bed of the Waikato River on the basis of constructive trust.
  • Paki v Attorney-General [2009] NZCA 584: Appeal against High Court decision dismissed.

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