This is the sort of issue where i will put it up for others to read and see, but i won't be taking a line on it.
"One court case has led to battle lines being drawn in the town of Bluff and among Rakiura Maori. That case has thrown decades-old rights to hunt muttonbird on an exclusive group of islands off the coast of Stewart Island into question."
The Council of Chief Descendants case:
Chiefs who signed the 1864 Rakiura Deed of Cession, essentially a purchase agreement, signed away their titi, or muttonbirding rights, and those of their descendants, on any customary basis.
However, rights were established on half of the 36 islands (this half known as the Beneficial Islands) for descendants of the chiefs to continue to harvest muttonbird provided they could prove their ancestry to those signatory chiefs.
The remaining 18 islands, now known as Rakiura Titi Islands (or formerly Crown Titi islands) are controlled by the Crown. These have also been subject to the right of Rakiura Maori to harvest titi once they have been granted a permit to do so.
When Tommy Ashwell's family right to harvest on the Beneficial Islands was challenged, Ngai Tahu Whakapapa advocated that anyone who descended from a common ancestor back in the 1700s had a right to the Beneficial Islands.
That's the view that the Council of Chief Descendants is opposing."