Wallace Tamamotu Te Ahuru of Kerikeri faces two charges of obtaining by deception and seven charges of using forged documents.
Made of kauri and pohutukawa, archaeologists say it's likely to be a 19th century schooner that traded on the North Island's west coast.
On May 25 1978 hundreds of police marched on the headland in Auckland to end 17 months of occupation.
Had monitoring been in place, young Moko could still be alive, Coroner Wallace Bain said.
Inspector Hurimoana Dennis and Sergeant Vaughan Perry face three charges between them but have pleaded not guilty at the High Court in Auckland.
The remains of Colonel Marmaduke Nixon are buried under the traffic island, but an online petition wants the memorial removed.
The offending including touching women on their breasts, bottoms and kissing them with his tongue.