The New Zealand Maori tribe has been involved in a huge win in the courts.
A Supreme Court judge last week ruled that the Moos should be given a chance to prove they were the original owners of the land they occupied.
The case has taken on added significance after the Crown appealed the case to the Supreme Court.
The court was told the Maori are the descendants of the Maoris who settled on the land, and were not the original occupants of the site, but were instead the ancestors of some of the settlers.
Chief Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Government is considering whether to appeal.
The Moos have not said how they will proceed.
Chief Justice Mark McCafferty told the court they wanted to be given an opportunity to show they were not descendants of anyone, but instead of the people who lived in the area, were descendants of a group of Maori, including the descendants who owned the land.
“This is a matter for them to show that they are not the first people to have occupied the land,” Chief Justice McCafferter said.
Chief Judge John O’Donnell said there was no evidence of any Maori ancestry on the Moo land and there was a lack of documentation from the settlers that would support this contention.
The judges said there had been no indication that the Maoridou had been descendants of any of the descendants or their descendants and there were no documents that would show their ancestry.
The Crown said they would be allowed to establish a legal claim for land.
The trial will begin in November.