29 Nov 2011

Takamore hapu to consider options

6:48 pm on 29 November 2011

A lawyer representing a whanau member who took the body of James Takamore says meetings will be held with the wider hapu to discuss how to proceed following a court ruling.

James Takamore died of an aneurysm in 2007 and before his tangi in Christchurch his Bay of Plenty family took him to be buried near Opotiki.

That was against the wishes of his widow Denise Clarke, who says she will continue to fight to bring him home.

In a ruling last week the Court of Appeal deemed the actions of the whanau to be unlawful and referred the case back to the High Court to work out a solution.

The family intends to hold a series of hui with whanau members and the wider hapu to make a final decision about how to move forward, says Jamie Ferguson, a lawyer representing Mr Takamore's sister Josephine Takamore,

Mr Ferguson told Te Manu Korihi last week some of the possibilities for them to consider include a resolution between the parties, leaving it to the High Court to work it out or appealing the case at the Supreme Court.