Wed, 18 Jul 2012 6:21p.m.
The five year battle over where the body of James Takamore should lie now awaits a reserved decision of the Supreme Court.
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10/08/2012 3:23:33 p.m.
@Richard. A petition does not need to be signed in this case as Tuhoe never signed the Treaty of Waitangi which means they believe they are under no rights of the crown or "their" laws. And who is to say common LAW takes precedent over maori LORE?
19/07/2012 1:09:44 p.m.
while i couldn't say anything one way or the other on this particular issue (which manages to seem significant, upsetting, and petty all at the same time), any time ANYONE claims that something comes 'before the law' it's pretty much time to toss their opinion entirely. that way lies nothing but corruption and bad precedent. if the thing in question is significant enough that it should override a Part of the law that fact needs to be written INTO the law. otherwise the entire idea undermines the RULE of law... and we have enough things doing that already. (IP related idiocy, questionable police actions, slow resolutions, government officials subverting the process to pursue interests contrary to the public good...)
19/07/2012 10:47:17 a.m.
This is "NZ Law" A person having charge of a body must within a reasonable time take charge of the body and dispose of it, or cause it to be disposed. I'm Maori and I DO NOT take the side of the "Body Snatchers". But they have laid the man next to his father, his father the man who gave him life. Doesn't that sound much better than disposing his of body?
19/07/2012 9:18:17 a.m.
One law for all. Thats how it works. Don't like it, then petition and get it changed.
18/07/2012 8:22:15 p.m.
Which traditional Maori/Tuhoe protocol covers burying their dead in graves with European headstones?
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