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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Jones learning tricks of trade

The newest Maori cabinet minister is looking forward to a period of intense learning and mentoring.

Shane Jones picked up the building and construction portfolio in yesterday's reshuffle, along with associate duties in immigration, trade and treaty negotiations.

He's expecting to learn many of the tricks of the trade from Trade Minister Phil Goff and new Treaty Negotiations Minister Michael Cullen.

Mr Jones says as both senior minister and attorney general, Mr Cullen is in an extremely influential position to resolve long-standing grievances.

“Marrying the treaty settlement portfolio with the attorney general responsibilities in terms of the treaty issues is a nice fit, and going forward obviously what he is going to need is a good two IC who can bring experience, vigour and some ideas to the table,” Mr Jones says.

His experience as chair of the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission gave him valuable skills and experiences to bring to the Cabinet table.

ABUSE TRUST FOCUSING ON PARENTING

A trustee from the new Manaaki Tamariki Trust says multiple approaches are needed to tackle child abuse in Maori families.

Ella Henry says government departments responsible for the welfare of children overlook the need to improve parenting skills.

She says some Maori parents have never had a chance to learn those skills.

“How can you change behaviour if the people behaving that way don’t know any other way to behave. If they’ve grown up with sexual abuse and violence and substance abuse and drugs and poverty and hunger, if that’s where the level of dysfunction is, then we have to change a whole whanau to protect a tamariki,” Ms Henry says.

One useful step could be to train Plunket nurses to identify problems in homes so they can call in specialised help.

STUDY OF MAORI MOVE ONLINE

A Massey University researcher has scored a $107,000 grant to study ways to Maori are using the Internet.

Whetu Simon says the three year Te Tipu Putaiao Fellowship will look at the potential of online digital environments.

He'll be talking to Maori businesses, whanau, marae and iwi organisations who are using the net, and charitable trusts.

He hopes to identify successful models others can follow.

“If there was a Maori organisation that hasn’t made the move onto the Internet, this research will identify pathways where they can move onto the Internet and develop a web presence,” Mr Simon says.

He will do his research through Massey University's Centre for Indigenous Governance and Development.

NORTHLAND RESEARCHERS TO SWAP NOTES ON PROGRESS

Northland treaty claim researchers are meeting today to chart progress in collecting evidence for what will be the last major regional claim.

The hui at the Copthorne Waitangi Hotel is hosted by the Crown Forestry Rental Trust, which is funding the oral and traditional research projects.

Hinerangi Himiona, who has been interviewing Hokainga elders, says researchers have to tread carefully to get the kaumatua and kuia to share their personal, family and tribal histories.

She says taking other kaumatua along can often be the key to unlock those stories.

“We've got to interview either individuals or groups of people. I’ve preferred to go with groups of people so they can help keep each other accountable to their korero, and I think they’ve liked that, being brought together and talk about and some value given to them in their lives and what they know,” Ms Himiona says.

Today's hui will help claim managers decide whether the claimants are ready to start seeking hearing dates from the Waitangi Tribunal.

WANGANUI COUNCIL APPOINTS MAORI COMMITTEE

Wanganui District Council hopes to turn around its sometimes chilly relationship with Maori.

It has established a Maori standing committee, headed by its two Maori councilors, Rangi Wills and former MP Rana Waitai.

Mr Wills says the council has had structures to deal with Whanganui iwi, but other Maori living in the rohe may not have been well served.

“People who are not tangata whenua will have an opportunity to speak. The difficulty in doing so is there are not what you would call large representative groups who have spokespeople, who have committees and elected representatives who can come to the committee,” Mr Wills says.

He says the new committe will allow the council to respond to law changes requiring better Maori representation.

LAWYERS’ PANEL ON TERROR CHARGES

Maori and environmental activists caught up in police anti-terrorism raids will be back in court in Auckland today.

The hearing is expected to be largely technical, as the court tries to establish a timetable for pre-trial hearings for the 17, who currently only face firearms charges.

Meanwhile two layers working on the case, Annette Sykes and Moana Jackson, will be fronting a panel discussion at Auckland Central Library this evening.

Hui organiser Tia Taurere from Conscious Collaboration says the aim is to tell people about the implications of the new anti terror laws, and to support the whanau of those arrested.

“They're sort of living in fear and shock at the moment, so organising a lot of support for them. Fundraising money because they need to be able to get up to court to be here for their families, their brothers and sisters and fathers that are being held captive and just to educate them a little bit more on the processes of court and what’s happening now, where to go to from here,” Ms Taurere says.

The hui starts at six, with entry by koha.

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Matakana Island Sacred Land Sold

Thursday 1st November, 2007
Letter to the Maori Party
Dr Pita Sharples and Tariana Turia
The Maori Party
New Zealand

In July 2007, Te Kotukutuku announced it had completed sale of all of Matakana Island's 10000 acres of sacred land to Port Blakely USA (5000 acres) and the other 5000 acres to Kiwi property developers. This sale makes complete fools of the government and judiciary who assisted Tauranga Maori with claims the Matakana Island land was sacred and had to be given to them. The Matakana land was given to them in good faith and now they have sold it.

I have written to you in the past asking for your assistance.

Can you please let me know what updates you have, and if you intend raising this matter in Parliament.

Regards
Christopher Wingate


Background on Matakana Island

In Arklow vs. MacLean and Others [1999] UKPC 51, the Privy Council London dismissed an appeal from the Court of Appeal of New Zealand which found merchant bank owed no fiduciary duty to Arklow Investments. The Court changed various facts that had been confirmed at the High Court trial.

The Facts

Arklow Investments took business plans to Wellington Merchant bank FAR Financial 15 June 1992 seeking to borrow the $4.25m for Arklow to purchase Matakana Island.

The Arklow business plan was;

Arklow had negotiated for $20m to purchase Matakana Island's 10,000 acres of freehold land, pine forests, sawmill and transport system
Arklow had an agreement with Kanematsu Japan for them to purchase the 17-34 year pine forest cutting rights at a price between $13-15.75m
That Arklow needed around $5m to complete the deal
That the loan would be paid back from the sale of the 1-16 year forest and or other surplus assets
That the security for the loan was the 10,000 acres of land, the 1-16 year forest, the sawmill and the transport system
That Arklow then intended developing the 10,000 acres of land into a minimum of 16,000 houses producing a profit of $3.43b
Instead of offering the loan funds Arklow was seeking, FAR Financial asked Arklow for $5000 to look for the money. Documents showed Far Financial were insolvent and on the point of collapse.

When Arklow declined within 30 days FAR Financial began negotiations to purchase Matakana Island for themselves offering the 17-35 year forest to ITT Rayonier for $15.6m, $150k less than Arklow's deal with Kanematsu.

History of this Litigation

In March 1993 Arklow began litigation against Far Financial.

In April 1994 Far Financial got the Wellington High Court permission to sell the 10,000 acres of land to Te Kotukutuku (TKC). TKC supported by the Ngai Te Rangi executive claimed the land was sacred, must never be developed and must be in the hands of Maori. The affidavits from the various leaders of Matakana Island Trust, Te Kotukutuku, Tauranga Moana Trust Board and Ngai Terangi Iwi or Iwi chartered accountant Graeme Ingham never mentioned in any of their affidavits or pleadings to the court that they were shareholders in Te Kotukutuku. Iwi lawyer David Baragwanath QC knowingly gave the High Court false submissions. (Found in October 94 after discovery of the TKC/ Iwi documents)

June 1994 The Court of Appeal overturned the validation but allowed the parties to keep their monies and asset positions until the case was heard against Far Financial. Arklow now had 17 defendants. FAR, TKC and Ernslaw One as a result of their false submissions in the High Court now illegally gained cash to spend on fighting Arklow.( FAR $2.7m, TKC $4.4m and Ernslaw One $3.8m )

On 5 May 1997 one month after the 4 week trial Justice Paul Temm found in Arklow's favor in it's claim against FAR Financial.

On 25 May Justice Paul Temm died.

Arklow then faced and won a retrial application before Justice Fisher.

Both decisions were then appealed to the New Zealand Court of Appeal.

Ngai Terangi intervention on Appeal

In June 1998, 4 of the 5 judges overturned the findings of Justice Temm. In the submissions TKC had asked the Appeal Court to ignore any possible wrongs FAR Financial may have committed because the sacred land was now in the hands of the Maori people of Tauranga. The affidavits from the various leaders of Iwi or Iwi chartered accountant Graeme Ingham never mentioned in any of their affidavits or pleadings to the court that they were shareholders in Te Kotukutuku.

Now TKC were rich Matakana Island Waitangi claimant, Sonny Tawhiao suspected the tribal leadership were trying to steal the Matakana Island land for themselves. He called Wingate seeking information and was provided with documents that exposed blatant corruption. Mr Tawhiao immediately began to lobby his people. In July 1999 Mr Tawhiao's burnt body was found in the back seat of his car in the Matakana forest. The police report written by a TKC insider suggested his death was suicide. The police report written by Detective Perry (accountant Graham Ingham's son in law), said Sonny Tawhiao drove into the Matakana forest, got into his back seat of his car and set himself on fire with petrol. (Graham Ingham is one of TKC's largest shareholder 12.5%) .
October 1999 Arklow appealed the Court of Appeal judgment to the Privy Council.

In December 1999 the Privy Council judgment written by NZ judge Justice John Henry, Arklow lost. In the submissions TKC had asked the Privy Council to ignore any possible wrongs FAR Financial may have committed because the sacred land was now in the hands of the Maori people of Tauranga. The affidavits from the various leaders of Iwi or Iwi chartered accountant Graeme Ingham never mentioned in any of their affidavits or pleadings to the court that they were shareholders in Te Kotukutuku.

In 2002 Arklow Investments appeared before the Justice Electoral committee who were considering the Supreme Court Bill and it's intention to remove appeals to the Privy Council. Committee member Russell Fairbrother MP (LLB) offered Arklow a 'Select Inquiry', but only if the terms of reference excluded any allegations of wrong against any judge or lawyer. (Wingate declined even though he had a chance of getting his $5.5m litigation costs back.)

In July 2003 Te Kotukutuku announced a large canal housing development on Matakana Island.

In July 2007 Te Kotukutuku announced it had completed sale of all of the Matakana Land to property developers. (Total price suggested $75m )

Current Status

The Ngai Terangi Iwi promised the High Court and Government it would remove the Waitangi claim if the Court handed them the land. The Court handed them the land yet the Waitangi claims remain in place. The leaders of the Ngai Terangi and the Matakana Island Trust have clearly breached their fiduciary duties. They work as leaders of the tribe seeking benefit for the people but what they obtained namely the Matakana land, instead of giving to the tribe they gave it to themselves. The report on the death of Sonny Tawhiao needs to be reopened.

Te Kotukutuku claimed to the court they had a bid to purchase Matakana; funded by Kanematsu. I had told Don Shaw (in a recorded meeting at the Tauranga Economic Development office) I was doing business with Kanematsu who I explained was buying the older timber. Don Shaw was telling local Maori I was the front man for a Japanese company. After that meeting Don Shaw and Iwi accountant Graeme Ingham (and forest consultant Paul Robinson) went to Kanematsu (December 7 1992) and said if Kanematsu did the deal with Wingate / Arklow the local Maori would cause trouble. But they said if Kanematsu did a deal with the local Iwi company Te Kotukutuku, there would be no Maori trouble. Kanematsu could clearly see the threat. So they offered them a deal but only if they had consent from Wingate to do a deal with them.(again in 11 March 93 KG to TKC) The information Te Kotukutuku had on forest values were documents they illegally obtained from Craig and Company who obtained them in confidence from Arklow's forest consultant John Cawston. In July 1992 Craig and Company told Arklow it wanted to do a float for the younger forest. That's why they got the values showing the deal Arklow had with Kanematsu. Within 1 month of getting the information Craig and Co (working with forest consultant Paul Robinson) placed their own bid to purchase Matakana. By 11 December 1992 Paul Robinson's documents show he was using the Arklow information.


Referenced documents
Christopher Mark Wingate vs.. I D MacLean www.justice.govt.nz/pubs/courts/Judiciary_report1999.pdf - Similar pages

Under the Judicature Act 1908, Arklow Investments Ltd and Christopher Mark. Wingate v I D Maclean ... www.crownlaw.govt.nz/uploads/JusticePCReport.pdf - Similar pages

"Roger Horne's Miscellany" by Roger Horne : Arklow Investments Ltd. and Christopher Mark Wingate v... www.hrothgar.co.uk/WebCases/indexes/indd.htm - 59k - Cached - Similar pages

Parliament TUESDAY, 7 OCTOBER 2003 Let me take the case of Chris Wingate, who paid $3.5 million in New ... That is not English justice; that is New Zealand justice delivered 12000 miles away. ... www.hansard.parliament.govt.nz/hansard/Final/FINAL_2003_10_07.htm - 524k - Cached - Similar pages

Judicial Committee Judgement (2) Christopher Mark Wingate Appellants ... Wingate had become interested in the purchase of Matakana Island in July 1991, his intention being to develop ... www.hrothgar.co.uk/WebCases/pc/reports/01/58.htm - 27k - Cached - Similar pages

Arklow Investments Ltd and Another v. ID Maclean and Others File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - View as HTML (2) Christopher Mark Wingate. Appellants ..... Wingate’s interest in Matakana Island and its development was public knowledge. Development of this nature ... www.privy-council.org.uk/files/pdf/JC_Judgments_1999_no_51.pdf - Similar pages

enb 23/07/1998 email File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - View as HTML Matakana Island will be preserved in its ... Resources had stolen the idea of Chris. Wingate’s company Arklow Investments' idea ... geography.otago.ac.nz/Resources/envnews/env.news.bulletins/1998/Enb230798.pdf - Similar pages

Court of Appeal Report for 1999 File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - View as HTML Arklow Investments and. Christopher Mark Wingate v I D Maclean and Ors ...... subject matter of litigation pending appeal is the inherent jurisdiction of ... www.courtsofnz.govt.nz/from/documents/CourtofAppealReport1999.PDF - Similar pages

A NEW SUPREME COURT File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - View as HTML litigation practice – and leaders of the Mäori community. ...... Arklow Investments Ltd and Christopher Mark. Wingate v I D Maclean & others [2000] 2 NZLR 1 ... www.crownlaw.govt.nz/uploads/JusticePCReport.pdf - Similar pages

Letter December 7 1992 TeKotukutuku Graeme Ingham to Kanematsu together with other supporting documents attached in word doc- File for the NZ Maori Party ( part one) and (part two)

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