Right of iwi to charge commercial operators on Lake Taupō confirmed at High Court

A declaratory judgment from the High Court has finally settled years of contention about the right of iwi to require licences and charge commercial operators on Lake Taupō.

Ngāti Tūwharetoa, declared Justice Gwyn’s decision, had the right to do both. The central North Island iwi had been confirmed as owner of the lake bed, the space occupied by the water and the airspace above the lake, via the Taupō Deed, by the Government in 1992 and in modifications to the deed in 2007. Board chairman John Bishara welcomed the ruling. “The trust board is pleased that the High Court has upheld the property rights of Ngāti Tūwharetoa in our taonga, Taupō moana,” he said……Who determines if the charges are fair? Will those commercial operators that close as a result of the charges be replaced with Maori operators who do not have to pay the charges to iwi?

No doubt the same will apply to the foreshore after the 600 or so claims for customary title have been progressed through the High Court or via the Crown engagement process.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/pou-tiaki/125868960/right-of-iwi-to-charge-commercial-operators-on-lake-taup-confirmed-at-high-court?fbclid=IwAR111V_Xgit3AGp9G7zUoabiE0sU7Lw-uJjrjWczpiFdHZ28buEiIgSdUSE

Right of iwi to charge commercial operators on Lake Taupō confirmed at High Court
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