Wellington iwi organisation Tenths Trust is taking court action against Lorraine Skiffington, former partner of Sir Ngatata Love, to claw back money it lost in a property development the pair promoted.
Love, who was a high-flyer in Māoridom, is serving a two-and-a-half year jail term after being found guilty in the High Court last year of obtaining property by deception.
The court case arose from transactions Love and Ms Skiffington carried out in relation to a land development proposal in the capital.
Charges against Ms Skiffington were stayed by the High Court as she is suffering a terminal illness.
The Tenths Trust went to the High Court today in an effort to have freezing orders placed on some of her properties, but Justice Williams declined to hear the case, citing his previous connections with the Trust and members of the Love family.
Another hearing will take place next month.