Reserves and other Lands Disposal Act 1937

10 Enabling the Land Court of the Cook Islands to determine the ownership of the Island of Takutea
  • Whereas on 19 December 1902 the Cook Islands Land Titles Court sitting at Rarotonga awarded the Island of Takutea to Ngamaru Ariki:

    And whereas the said Ngamaru Ariki thereupon gave the said Island of Takutea to His Majesty the King for the benefit of His Majesty's subjects in the Cook Group:

    And whereas on the day above mentioned the said court made an Order that the said island should be, as from 31 March 1903, reserved and vested in His Majesty the King, his heirs and successors, for the general benefit of the people of the Cook Islands:

    And whereas the claim of the said Ngamaru Ariki to own the said island and his right to give the said island to His Majesty as hereinbefore recited have been in dispute since the above-mentioned Order of the said court was made:

    And whereas it has been found upon inquiry that the said island was originally owned by the native owners of the Island of Atiu:

    And whereas it is desirable that the said Island of Takutea should be vested in the native owners of the Island of Atiu:

    Be it therefore enacted as follows:

    The said island of Takutea is hereby freed from all trusts and reservations heretofore affecting it, and is hereby declared to be customary land within the meaning of the Cook Islands Act 1915, and the Land Court of the Cook Islands shall have and shall exercise exclusive jurisdiction to investigate the title to the said island according to the native customs and usages of the Cook Islands, and to determine the names of the persons entitled thereto and to specify their relative interests therein.

    Section 10 heading: amended, at 10.30 pm on 4 August 1965, pursuant to section 57(4) of the Cook Islands Amendment Act 1964 (1964 No 70).

    Section 10: amended, at 10.30 pm on 4 August 1965, pursuant to section 57(4) of the Cook Islands Amendment Act 1964 (1964 No 70).