October 2015 Māori Law Review

Editorial – Special Issue – Hui a Tau 2015 – Te Hunga Roia Māori o Aotearoa


Te Hunga Roia Māori o Aotearoa, the Māori Law Society Incorporated, was incorporated in 1988. The purposes of Te Hunga Roia Māori include promoting fellowship and mutual support amongst its members, identifying and responding to the legal needs of Te Ao Māori, supporting and encouraging whānau, hapū, iwi, and rohe initiatives, to promote law reform, and to promote the education of its members in terms of tikanga Māori and te ture Pākehā. Over the more than 25 years of Te Hunga Roia Māori’s existence, the hui-a-tau or annual conference has become an important component of the society’s activities that support its central purposes.

Te Hunga Roia Māori held its 2015 annual conference at Waitangi from 3-5 September. The theme of the conference was taken from a whakataukī of the Ngāti Porou leader, Apirana Mahuika, who passed away in February 2015:

E tū ki te kei o te waka, kia pakia koe e ngā ngaru o te wā – Stand at the stern of the canoe and feel the spray of the future biting at your face.

The conference provided an opportunity for lawyers, law students and members of the judiciary to discuss a wide range of legal issues relevant to Māori. The organising committee had put together an outstanding programme and in this issue we publish papers from Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias, Dame Lowell Goddard, Justice Joseph Williams, Chief District Court Judge Jan Marie Doogue, Deputy Chief Judge Caren Fox and senior practitioners Annette Sykes and Peter Andrew.

The Māori Law Review is proud to support Te Hunga Roia Māori and to publish a selection of the presentations from the conference.