5 Apr 2013

Ngai Tai ki Tamaki trustee pleased by High Court ruling

9:45 am on 5 April 2013

One of several trustees ordered by the High Court to step down is pleased with the decision.

The court judgement has ruled that all of the trustees of Auckland's Ngai Tai ki Tamaki Tribal Trust be removed and a new election needs to be held before August.

Disagreements have broken the trust into two groups: a majority and two trustees.

The row led to the two sides being unable to work together constructively, which prompted the parties to take legal action.

Trustee Emily Karaka supports the ruling. She said she is very pleased with the court's verdict and suspected that all trustees would have to stand down.

Ms Karaka's position as a treaty negotiator is being questioned by the majority of trustees.

A hui-a-iwi (tribal meeting) will be held on Saturday which will vote on whether to remove Ms Karaka as a treaty negotiator.