Whereas part of the land situated in the Waiariki Maori Land Court District and known as Muruika has been utilised to inter the bodies of deceased Maori soldiers and others, and it is desired to set the same apart permanently for use in the future for such purposes:
Be it therefore enacted as follows:
(1) For the purpose of this section the League shall mean the organisation known as the Te Arawa Maori Returned Soldiers' League.
(2) The court is hereby empowered and authorised to make an order setting apart and reserving an area containing approximately 1 rood and 24 perches, being part of the land known as Muruika Block, and vesting the control and management thereof in a Board of Trustees (hereinafter in this section referred to as the Board) as a Maori burial ground for the interment of deceased Maori soldiers and such other persons as the Board shall authorise.
(3) The Board shall consist of 7 members appointed by the court, who shall hold office for 1 year and thereafter until their successors are appointed and who shall be eligible for reappointment.
(4) The members of the Board shall be nominated each year by the League at its annual general meeting, and a list of the persons nominated shall be forthwith submitted to the court, which shall thereupon appoint them accordingly unless the court for any reason considers any person so nominated unfit or unsuitable for appointment as a member of the Board.
(5) If the League shall cease to exist or omit to make a nomination, the court may at any time it appears expedient, upon application to it, appoint a member of the Board, whether a member of the League or not.
(6) A member of the Board may at any time resign from office by notice in writing addressed to the Registrar of the court, or the court may at any time remove any member for any cause that it thinks fit.
(7) Any casual vacancy on the Board may be filled in the manner in which the appointment of the member vacating office was made, and for that purpose a nomination may be made by the League as soon as possible after the vacancy has occurred.
(8) The powers and functions of the Board may be exercised by a majority of the members for the time being, and no act of the Board shall be invalid because of any vacancy in the membership thereof.
(9) The court may grant rights of way over other areas of land to give access to the burial ground constituted under this section or over the burial ground to give access to other lands.
(10) Nothing in this section shall affect the power of the court to commence or to continue and complete the investigation of the title of the said Muruika Block, subject to the portion affected by this section still remaining subject hereto.
(11) The court may, by order, make such regulations or bylaws for the conduct and administration of the burial ground as it shall think fit, and from time to time make further orders varying, extending, amending, or cancelling the same.
Section 9: amended, on 27 November 1947, pursuant to section 4(2) of the Maori Purposes Act 1947 (1947 No 59).
Section 9(2): amended, on 27 November 1947, pursuant to section 2 of the Maori Purposes Act 1947 (1947 No 59).