Government accused of dragging its heels over Supreme Court decision

The Government is being accused of dragging its heels despite the finding of the country's highest court over a land claim in Nelson.

In a groundbreaking decision the Supreme Court held that the Crown has duties and obligations to a Nelson hapū like those of a trustee, and has declared the hapū's claim can continue in the High Court.

Most claims of this nature are heard by the Waitangi Tribunal, so the Supreme Court's decision raises the question of whether this sets a precedent for other Māori rōpū.

Now the hapū behind the court proceedings has accused the Government of refusing to meet kanohi ki te kanohi (face-to-face) to resolve the outstanding claim.

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