23 Oct 2008

Supreme Court challenge to forestry settlement off

6:38 am on 23 October 2008

A Supreme Court challenge to a central North Island forestry settlement will now not go ahead.

Waatea News reports the Maori Council and the Federation of Maori Authorities sued over a plan to allow Te Arawa claimants to buy a large part of the Kaingaroa forest.

Federation spokesperson Paul Morgan says the case has been overtaken by events, with Nga Pumautanga o te Arawa putting aside its deal and joining other iwi in a region-wide forestry settlement.

He says that left a Court of Appeal judgment on the books which could have limited the rights of all Maori under the Treaty of Waitangi.

However, an order has been obtained on a number of aspects, which rules out the decision.