Marae ordered to hold election again
A Maori Land Court judge has reminded those running a Levin marae to follow due process after finding an election for new trustees was flawed.
Judge Sarah Reeves ruled that she could not appoint any of the trustees for Kawiu Marae elected at an annual meeting in September 2012.
Philip Taueki, a trustee who was not re-elected at that meeting, had challenged the election result in the Maori Land Court.
He argued the election had not followed the marae's charter - a view accepted by Judge Reeves.
She ordered that the trustees in place before the September meeting remain until an election could be held in accordance with the charter's protocols.
"The marae has a history of contention," she wrote in her judgment, "and so it is particularly important that the trustees follow due process to ensure their decisions are robust and will stand scrutiny.
"The marae charter has been in place since 2010 following a long period of consultation between trustees and beneficiaries, and it is the duty of the trustees to be familiar with it and to administer the marae according to its terms."
Judge Reeves said that in recent years the administration of the marae had been contentious and trustees had regularly appeared before the Maori Land Court in relation to the appointment of trustees, the administration of the marae, and completion of a charter.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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