Waikato-Tainui (Tainui) has succeeded in an application for judicial review against the Hamilton City Council (the Council).
Judicial review was sought by Tainui following a decision by the Council not to consult with Tainui prior to publically notifying a variation to a district plan.

In his decision, High Court Judge Allan found that the Council was required to consult with Tainui:

  1. Partly by way of recognition of the rights of Maori under the Treaty of Waitangi; and,
  2. Partly so that the Council may obtain appropriate and accurate information on the effects of a proposed plan, variation or change on Maori interests.

The implications of this decision are crucial for both local authorities and iwi.  In the present case the High Court:

  1. Found that the proposed variation was unlawful, invalid and of no effect; and,
  2. Ordered the Council to consult with Tainui with respect to any proposed variation before it is approved and publicly notified.