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Submitted by admin2 on Thu, 19/04/2012 - 11:43am

On Wednesday 18 April 2012 the Waitangi Tribunal issued its latest direction on Ngāti Kahu's application for binding recommendations on the Crown for the return of all State-owned Enterprise and Crown Forest License lands in the Ngāti Kahu rohe.

In spite of strong opposition to Ngāti Kahu’s application from the Crown and other parties who claimed that the Tribunal did not have the jurisdiction to hear it, the Tribunal has ruled that it does have jurisdiction and that it can separate the Ngāti Kahu claims out of the Muriwhenua Land Report for a hearing on remedies.

The Tribunal has also directed that:
1. Ngāti Kahu is to file submissions on principles of relief and any other matters by 4 May 2012.
2. The Crown and interested parties are to respond by 18 May 2012.
3. Ngāti Kahu submissions in reply are to be filed by 25 May 2012.

There will be a further judicial conference held during the week beginning 4th June 2012 in Auckland or Wellington.

This ruling is a significant gain for Ngāti Kahu. It can be read in its entirety on the link below: