4 Nov 2013

Court appoints John Paki as alternate on key trust

7:19 pm on 4 November 2013

The long-drawn-out wrangle over alternate trustees on the Crown Forestry Rental Trust has finally been sorted - by court order.

The High Court's appointed the veteran public servant, John Paki, as an alternate for trustee Maanu Paul.

Mr Paki, who's the former Maori Trustee chief executive, replaces Denise Henare who stepped down recently when she became a judge.

The Maori Council, and the Federation of Maori Authorities appoint the three Maori members on CFRT, and they've been at odds over alternates: stand-ins when a trustee has a conflict of interest.

The Maori Council nominated John Paki - and FOMA suggested Simon Karipa for the job.

Mr Karipa's been appointed already as a spare, or generic alternate.

But Justice Dobson said if Mr Karipa replaced Ms Henare the advantages of having a generic alternate would be lost.

The Maori Council lawyer Donna Hall says it's disappointing the matter had to go to court - but the High Court decision should enable the Trust to resume its job of funding Treaty claims.