Re Ngapuhi Tribe

JurisdictionNew Zealand
CourtLand Court (New Zealand)
Judgment Date22 Mar 1955
New Zealand, North Auckland Maori Land Court.

(Clark J.)

Re The Ngapuhi Tribe.

High Seas — Claim to Area of High Seas — Maori Trusteeship over Area of High Seas — Jurisdiction of Maori Land Court.

The Facts.—The Ngapuhi tribe, whose territory borders the coast of New Zealand, claimed that that part of the Pacific Ocean which surrounds New Zealand should be vested in Maori trusteeship. The basis of this claim was that such trusteeship was required out of respect to the sea god Moana, who had allowed New Zealand to rise out of the sea.

Held: that the claim must be dismissed. The maritime jurisdiction of the Maori Land Court was limited to disputes...

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