20 Sep 2012

Maori authority gives lost contract case 'best shot'

6:52 am on 20 September 2012

A west Auckland Maori welfare provider believes it's given a High Court case against the Crown its best shot.

Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust has taken legal action over the Ministry of Social Development axing its Family Start social services contract - claiming the Crown acted in premeditated bad faith.

Both parties are waiting for a judge to deliver his decision from a judicial review that finished on Tuesday.

Waipareira Trust chief executive John Tamihere says they presented their best evidence and called their best witnesses.

He says it was an extraordinary case on a number of levels, but they've given it their best shot.

Mr Tamihere says it is very tough - even in the best of times - to take on the Crown in court.