June 2016 Māori Law Review

Review of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 – Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill – seminars – Auckland – 24 June 2016

Seminar – Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill

Friday 24 June 2016, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Buddle Findlay – PWC Tower, 188 Quay St, Auckland

The Māori Law Review is convening seminars in Auckland and Wellington where presenters will explore the proposed reform of Māori land law set out in the Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill.

Professor Jacinta Ruru will chair the seminars. Professor Ruru is Co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence and a Consultant Editor to the Māori Law Review.


Each seminar will consider professional legal insights into the Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill from different perspectives. This is an opportunity to engage with the Bill and understand better the significance of the reform and the proposed detail for achieving this.

Presenters at the Auckland seminar include

  • Professor Jacinta Ruru - Chair - Jacinta is a professor in law at Otago University and has been a faculty member since 1999. Her research focuses on exploring Indigenous peoples' legal rights to own, manage and govern land and water.  She is Co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence and a Consultant Editor to the Māori Law Review.
  • John Grant - Technical Advisor - John is a Principal Advisor at Te Puni Kokiri where he has worked on the present reform of Māori land law. He has extensive experience in Māori land law having worked previously at the Māori Land Court. John will be present at both seminars to answer technical questions about the Bill.
  • Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie -  Panelist - Sir Edward has served on the Māori Land Court and the High Court benches. He is a past Chairperson of the Waitangi Tribunal and a Chairperson of the New Zealand Māori Council. He was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2008 and holds several honourary doctorate degrees.
  • Prue Kapua - Panelist - Prue is National President at Te Ropu Wahine Māori Toko I Te Ora (Māori Womens Welfare League) and the Principal of Tamatekapua Law. Her practice focuses on Māori Land Law and Tiriti o Waitangi, Resource Management, Family and Medico legal issues. She previously worked as an adviser (primarily involving Treaty issues and resource management) for Sir Geoffrey Palmer, the then Minister of Justice and Deputy Prime Minister.
  • Rachel Mullins - Panelist -  Rachel is co-president of Te Hunga Roia Māori (the Māori Law Society) and an Associate in the Māori Legal and Dispute Resolution Teams at McCaw Lewis Lawyers.
  • Linda Te Aho - Panelist - Linda is an Associate Professor at Waikato Law School and a Ministerial Advisory Group Member in the reform of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993. She previously held an appointment to provide expert technical advice on the proposed reforms to Te Ture Whenua Māori 1993.
  • Leo Watson - Panelist - Leo is a barrister with significant experience in Indigenous Law including Treaty of Waitangi claims, and Māori land law.

Presenters at the Wellington seminar include

  • Professor Jacinta Ruru - Chair (as above).
  • John Grant - Technical Advisor (as above).
  • Andrew Irwin - Panelist - Barrister - Andrew focuses mainly on Treaty of Waitangi claims and issues, Māori land law, Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act issues and public law. Before joining the independent bar he was a Crown Counsel at Crown Law.
  • Kerensa Johnston - Panelist - General Counsel, Wakatū Incorporation - Kerensa joined Wakatū Incorporation in 2012. She has practiced as both a lawyer in the private sector as a legal academic at the University of Auckland where she specialised in Māori legal development, Public Law and Land Law.
  • Toni Love - Panelist - law student - Toni is a student at Victoria University of Wellington studying towards a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Ecology and Biodiversity, and Statistics. She was 2015 Student Editor of the Māori Law Review. Toni spent summer 2015-16 as a research scholar at Victoria University's Faculty of Law examining the reform of Māori land law. Her research has been published in the June 2016 issue of the Māori Law Review.
  • Nathan Milner - Panelist - Senior Associate Kāhui Legal - Nathan presently represents clients in both the Waitangi Tribunal and Māori Land Court. He has been appointed as counsel by the Court in Maori Land Court and Maori Appellate Court cases. He has also been extensively involved negotiations including about Ngati Porou foreshore and seabed matters. He advises clients in relation to legislative and regulatory reform in relation to a range of issues.
  • Haines Ellison - Panelist - Lawyer at the Ngāi Tahu Māori Law Centre.

Attendance is free

Thanks to support from Buddle Findlay who are generously hosting these seminars, there is no charge to attend.

RSVP: (acceptances) for the Auckland seminar to: emerald.unruh@maorilawreview.co.nz by 5:00 pm 22 June.

Networking drinks will follow the seminar.

Wellington seminar details

The Wellington seminar  is now fully subscribed (Friday 17 June from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Buddle Findlay, Level 17, State Insurance Tower, 1 Willis Street, Wellington).

To be added to the wait list for the Wellington seminar, please RSVP to emerald.unruh@maorilawreview.co.nz

Author: Emerald UnRuh

Emerald UnRuh is the 2016 visiting indigenous scholar at the Māori Law Review. She is an undergraduate student at the University of Ottawa where she is studying International Development and Globalization on the Loran Scholarship. On graduating she plans to study law in her home province of British Columbia. As a proud Métis woman, Emerald is passionate about helping indigenous peoples, domestically and abroad.