Contributing authors

The following guest writers contribute to the Māori Law Review.

Andrew Irwin

Andrew is a barrister. Prior to joining the independent bar in 2014 he spent a number of years at the Crown Law Office where he was a Crown Counsel.

Annie O'Conner

Annie is a member of the resource management and Māori law team at Buddle Findlay's Wellington office.

Clare Tattersall

Clare is an Assistant Crown Counsel at Crown Law. Previously she was research counsel for the judges of the Māori Land Court and Waitangi Tribunal.  She studied law, French and Māori at Victoria University, graduating with a BA/LLB(Hons.).

Dr Damen Ward

Dr Damen Ward is a Senior Crown Counsel at Crown Law. He was previously a Senior Associate at Simpson Grierson. Damen's doctorate is on British colonial policy on indigenous rights at Oxford University. Damen has worked on a number of High Court and appellate court cases relating to Maori issues. He has experience in a range of Waitangi Tribunal inquiries, foreshore and seabed issues, and on legal claims to rivers and riverbeds.

David Randal

David is a partner at Buddle Findlay working in the environmental and resource management team in the firm's Wellington office. David specialises in resource management, environmental and conservation law, public law, general civil litigation, and Māori law.

Erin Carr

Erin is of Ngāti Awa and Tūhoe descent. She is a solicitor at Chapman Tripp. In 2013 she was the Student Editor of the Review. She was a student at Victoria University of Wellington LLB (Hons) and BA (majoring in Spanish). She has played an active role in Ngā Rangahautira, the Māori Law Students Association at Victoria University, and as a student volunteer at the Wellington Community Law Centre.

Gareth Morgan

Dr Gareth Morgan is an economist, public policy analyst, portfolio investor, motorcycle adventurer and philanthropist. Through the Morgan Foundation Gareth has instigated a series of books on issues of public interest. Gareth’s directorships have included a national legal firm, publicly listed companies, advisory boards of government departments, New Zealand’s largest web site auction house TradeMe Ltd, and Leite Verde SA a Brazilian dairy industry business. Gareth graduated from Victoria University with a PhD in economics 1982.

James Greenland

James is an experienced journalist, in both daily newspaper reporting and legal industry writing. Currently working as a legal recruitment consultant in Wellington, he also writes freelance for several publications including LawTalk magazine and volunteers at Community Law Wellington. In 2015 James was contracted to the Ministry for Culture and Heritage to research and write a summary of Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias’s contributions to Te Tiriti o Waitangi jurisprudence. An enrolled Barrister and Solicitor with a law degree from Victoria University, James also has a BA (Politics) from the University of Otago and a PgDip Journalism from Massey University. Believing that justice should be accessible to all New Zealanders, James has founded start-up company YourLaw ( – an online legal service provider directory and client collaboration platform, which aims to help ordinary Kiwis understand, navigate and succeed within the New Zealand legal system. James is a Pakeha New Zealander and proud dad to his young son who is of Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi descent.

James Watson

James graduated from the university of Otago in 2015 with a BA in Philosophy and an LLB (Hons) (First Class). James received academic prizes in papers such as Advanced Public Law, Treaty of Waitangi, Advanced Contract and Tort, and Commercial Equity and was the top 300 level philosophy student in his cohort. James' honours dissertation received the New Zealand Law Foundation's Unpublished Undergraduate Award for 2014.

Julia White

Julia is a senior solicitor in the resource management and Māori law team in Buddle Findlay's Wellington office. Julia specialises in RMA consenting and processes, Māori law, Treaty settlements, and local government law.

Justine Inns

Justine is a partner at Oceanlaw New Zealand. She has been with the firm since January 2005 when she joined as a Senior Associate. Prior to joining Oceanlaw, Justine spent more than a decade as an advisor to various iwi (tribes), including several years with the Ngāi Tahu team responsible for negotiating, then implementing, the iwi's $170M Treaty of Waitangi claim settlement.  For the past 6-7 years, Justine's focus has been on various aspects of the fishing industry and other Maori commercial enterprises. Her specialist areas are aquaculture and Māori fisheries (customary and commercial), but she also advises on a wide range of resource management, fisheries and aquaculture issues.

Karen Feint

Karen Feint is a Wellington barrister with extensive experience in the Waitangi Tribunal and in Maori-law related litigation in the courts.

Kirsten Hagan

Kirsten is Chief Advisor, Policy at CERA (Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority). Previously she was a senior associate in the resource management and Māori law team in Buddle Findlay's Wellington office. Kirsten has specialised in te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011, Māori law more generally, and central government processes.

Kohe Ruwhiu

Kohe is of Ngāpuhi descent. In 2014 she was the student editor of the Review. Kohe has been a student at Victoria University of Wellington studying towards a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Economics and Finance). She is actively involved in UN Youth New Zealand. Kohe is very interested in working either in social enterprise or in a legal role focusing on property and commercial law.

Kylee Katipo

Kylee is of Waikato/Tainui descent and is currently working as Research Counsel for the Māori Land Court.  Kylee graduated from the University of Waikato in 2003 with a LLB.  She is currently studying towards a master’s degree in Indigenous Studies through the University of Otago.

Leo Watson

Leo is an experienced barrister and solicitor specialising in indigenous law including Treaty of Waitangi claims, Maori land, compulsory acquisition and public works, administrative law, fisheries, traditional knowledge and Intellectual property, employment and environmental law.

Hon Justice Matthew S R Palmer

Dr Matthew S R Palmer is a judge of the High Court. He was previously a Barrister at Thorndon Chambers specialising in Public Law.  He has held positions as: Deputy Solicitor-General; Dean of Law and Director of the NZ Centre for Public Law at Victoria University; and Deputy Secretary for Justice (Public Law).  His 2008 book, The Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand's Law and Constitution won the Legal Research Foundation's Northey Prize for the best legal book of that year.

Max Harris

Max is an Examination Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. Prior to graduate studies at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar (Master of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Civil Law), Max was a clerk to Chief Justice Elias at the Supreme Court. He has a BA/LLB(Hons.) from the University of Auckland, where he majored in Political Studies and History. He has also previously been the co-chair of JustSpeak, a youth-based criminal justice group, and is a member of the Law For Change national steering group.

Natalie Coates

Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Hine, Tūwharetoa, Tūhoe, Te Arawa

Natalie graduated from the University of Otago in 2009 LLB Honours and BA Honours (majoring in Māori Studies).  In 2011 Natalie received the Fulbright Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga graduate award, the New Zealand Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Scholarship and a Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Masters Scholarship. These awards allowed Natalie to obtain a LL.M (Masters of Law) from Harvard University in 2012.

Natalie is based at Kahui Legal in Wellington. She has previously worked at the University of Auckland, Aurere Law, Te Runanga o Ngati Awa and as a volunteer intern at Survival International in London.

Nathan Milner

Nathan is a solicitor with Kahui Legal.

Nicholas Coyle

Nicholas is an Analyst on the Negotiations and Settlement Team at the Office of Treaty Settlements. Nicholas graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 2015 with a LLB.  He also has a BA in History from the University of Auckland.

Phoebe Monk

Phoebe is of Ngāti Hikairo and Ngati Maniapoto descent. She works as a solicitor with Braithwaite & Smail. Previously, she was a research counsel for the Māori Land Court and a research counsel on the Legal Māori Project. Phoebe graduated from Victoria University in 2011 with an LLB and BA majoring in Maori Studies and Maori Resource Management.

Rachel Hogg

Rachel is a senior solicitor with the Overseas Investment Office. Previously she was a Crown Counsel in the Treaty of Waitangi team at Crown Law where she was primarily involved in litigation before the Waitangi Tribunal.  She was junior counsel during Stage I of the Northland inquiry into the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and in the Turanga urgent inquiry relating to the Mangatu forest.

Rawinia Higgins

Professor Rawinia Higgins is the Head of Te Kawa a Māui – School of Māori Studies and Assistant Vice Chancellor Māori Research at Victoria University. She has served as a trustee on Te Kotahi a Tūhoe and the Tūhoe Fisheries Charitable Trust.

Te Rangimārie Williams

Te Rangimārie (Ngai Tūhoe) is a solicitor in the Resource Management and Environment Law, and Civil Litigation teams at Holland Beckett Lawyers in Tauranga.  She completed her LLB and LLM at Victoria University of Wellington.  Te Rangimārie's LLM thesis is entitled  'Te Mana Motuhake o Tūhoe' and focused on how Te Mana Motuhake o Tūhoe could be reflected in law in light of the recent Treaty settlements.

Susan Guthrie

Susan has worked in New Zealand for the Treasury and the Reserve Bank, in Hong Kong as an emerging market specialist for global financial institutions, and as an advocate for consumer rights in New Zealand, especially in banking and finance. In 2011 Susan and Gareth co-authored the book ‘Big Kahuna – turning tax and welfare on its head’Susan has a BA Honours degree in Economics from Otago University.

Tai Ahu

Tai is from Waikato and Te Paatu. He is currently a solicitor at Kensington Swan Previously he was an Assistant Lecturer at the Law Faculty of Victoria University of Wellington teaching legal research and writing and statutory interpretation. His research interests include tikanga Māori and the law, language and the law and Māori issues in public law.

Thaddeus Ryan

Thaddeus is a senior associate in the environmental and resource management team in Buddle Findlay's Wellington office. Thaddeus specialises in resource management, environmental and conservation law, public law and Māori law.

Toni Love

Toni is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and holds a Bachelor of Law with honours and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Ecology and Biodiversity.  She is currently working as a solicitor in the Property and Construction team at Chapman Tripp in Wellington.

She also currently works as the secretary for the Wellington Harbour Islands Kaitiaki Board - a co-governance board between Taranaki Whānui and DOC and serves on the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania Section Board.

Toni’s research covers Resource Management, Māori Resource Management, and Māori land law, with particular areas of interest in freshwater and marine protection.

Vincent O'Malley

Vincent is a Pakeha New Zealander of Irish and Scottish Highland descent. He has a BA (Hons) in History (1st Class) from the University of Canterbury and completed his PhD thesis at Victoria University of Wellington in 2004. Vincent has published widely in the area of Crown and Māori historical relationships, including his 1998 book, Agents of Autonomy: Māori Committees in the Nineteenth Century (Huia Publishers), and (with David Armstrong) The Beating Heart: A Political and Socio-Economic History of Te Arawa (Huia Publishers, 2008), The Treaty of Waitangi Companion: Maori and Pakeha from Tasman to Today (Auckland University Press, 2010, co-edited with Bruce Stirling and Wally Penetito), The Meeting Place: Maori and Pakeha Encounters, 1642-1840 (Auckland University Press, 2012), a finalist in the NZ Post Book Awards for 2013, and Beyond the Imperial Frontier: The Contest for Colonial New Zealand (Bridget Williams Books, 2014). He has also contributed to a wide range of local and international scholarly journals and other publications, including the New Zealand Journal of History, the Journal of the Polynesian Society, the Journal of New Zealand Studies, Labour History Review, Ethnohistory, the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography and a number of other monographs and book chapters. Vincent is the 2014 J D Stout Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington, where he is working on a history of the Waikato War.

Wi Pere Mita

Te-Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Ngāti Rakaipaaka, Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Maniapoto.

Wi Pere is a solicitor with the Community Law Centre Trust and has a background in Māori Land and Treaty of Waitangi matters. Wi Pere has worked on a number of Waitangi Tribunal Inquiries and practices predominantly in the areas of Family, Employment, Criminal, Consumer and Māori Land law.