(1) In the exercise of its powers under this Part in respect of any estate, the court may determine whether a person is or is not to be recognised for the purposes of this Part as having been a whangai of the deceased owner.
(2) Where, in any such case, the court determines that a person is to be recognised for the purposes of this Part as having been a whangai of the deceased owner, it may make either or both of the following orders:
(a) an order that the whangai shall be entitled to succeed to any beneficial interest in any Maori freehold land belonging to the estate to the same extent, or to any specified lesser extent, as that person would have been so entitled if that person had been the child of the deceased owner:
(b) an order that the whangai shall not be entitled to succeed, or shall be entitled to succeed only to a specified lesser extent, to any beneficial interest in Maori freehold land to, or than that, which that person would otherwise be entitled to succeed on the death of that person’s parents or either of them.
(3) Every order under subsection (2) shall have effect notwithstanding anything in section 19 of the Adoption Act 1955.
Section 115(1): amended, on 1 July 1994, by section 22 of Te Ture Whenua Maori Amendment Act 1994 (1994 No 69).
Section 115(2): amended, on 1 July 1994, by section 22 of Te Ture Whenua Maori Amendment Act 1994 (1994 No 69).