Closing submissions on Ngāti Kahu's application for binding recommendations were heard at the Environment Court in Auckland from Tuesday 18th to Wednesday 19th September. It is not possible to give a full report at this stage on the hearing. However the summary below covers proceedings and some of the key issues that arose.
TUESDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER 2012: Ngāti Kahu lead off on the Tuesday morning and the opposing submissions started after lunch. The Crown went first, followed by two Ngāti Kahu claimants groups from within the Ngāti Kahu hapū of Ngāti Tara and Te Paatu.
The final day of the Ngāti Kahu hearing opened with conditionally opposing evidence from Te Rarawa lead by Haami Piripi and Paul White, followed by that of Te Aupōuri lead by Waitai Petera and Hugh Karena, and a presentation from Ngāitakoto lead by Rangitane Marsden.
After hakari lunch the hearing closed with conditionally supportive evidence from Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa claimants lead by Nuki Aldridge, Owen Kingi and Ani Taniwha, and claimants from Te Uri o Te Aho hapū of Ngāpuhi lead by Pairama Tahere.
The morning opened with several technical matters being covered off by the Tribunal then continued with cross-examination technical witnesses for the thief which concluded its case at lunctime.
05 SEPTEMBER 2012 -
NGĀTI KAHU HEARING: Today is dedicated to the Crown's witnesses as follows:
1. Mr Marron - valuer for the Crown who valued
the forest blocks.
2. Maureen Hickey - Office Treaty Settlement
3. Pat Snedden - Crown's Chief Negotiator with
Ngāti Kahu swhen Ngāti Kahu was in negotiations.
NGĀTI KAHU HEARING PODCASTS: If you
missed the live broadcasts of the hearing, or want to listen again to any part
of days one and day two, the full proceedings can be heard on this link http://www.ngatikahu.iwi.nz/podcasts