June 2016 Māori Law Review

Review of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 – Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill – seminars – Wellington – 17 June 2016

Seminar – Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill

Friday 17 June 2016, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Buddle Findlay – Level 17, State Insurance Tower
1 Willis Street, Wellington

The Māori Law Review is convening seminars in Wellington and Auckland 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 Wellington seminar include

  • Professor Jacinta Ruru - Chair - Jacinta is a professor in law at Otago University  and a faculty member since 1999. Her research interests 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. John 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.
  • 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.

Auckland seminar details

The Auckland seminar will be held on Friday 24 June from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Buddle Findlay, PWC Tower, 188 Quay St, Auckland.

Details about the presenters and how to rsvp for the Auckland seminar will be available soon.

Attendance is free

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

RSVP: (acceptances) to: emerald.unruh@maorilawreview.co.nz by 14 June for the Wellington seminar.

Networking drinks will follow the seminar.


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.