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E anga whakamua ana te waka (Forging a new path)

Te Waka Ture, our Māori Legal Group, specialises in providing commercial legal advice to iwi, hapū, Māori landowners, Māori businesses, and those looking to work with them, focusing specifically on:

  • post-Treaty settlement transactions
  • joint ventures, and
  • collective iwi arrangements.

The Māori economy is growing rapidly as a result of the creation of large, asset-rich Māori corporates from Treaty of Waitangi settlements, and with the development of partnerships and joint ventures with Māori and non-Māori partners.

By drawing on our expertise and experience, our core team of iwi-focussed lawyers can assist iwi and Māori organisations to maximise their commercial assets, helping them to achieve not only their commercial objectives, but providing a means to achieve their social and cultural objectives as well.

Experience highlights

We have advised:

  • ICP, a consortium of 12 iwi, on the establishment of limited partnership joint ventures for the aggregation of fishing ACE. The ICP are recognised as a significant commercial player in the New Zealand fishing industry
  • Parininihi ki Waitotara Incorporation, Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri Asset Holding Company and certain members of the ICP, on the establishment of limited partnership joint ventures for the purposes of acquiring and operating a lobster fishing and processing business
  • Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei in relation to the development and implementation of its post-settlement structure, which we believe will be the benchmark for post-settlement structures going forward.  We are also advising Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust on its participation in the Tamaki Collective Treaty settlement
  • Te Runanganui o Ngāti Porou on its obligations as landowner of forestry blocks which are subject to Crown forestry licences and were returned to Ngāti Porou as part of its Treaty settlement. We have also provided similar advice to Ngāti Whatua o Kaipara in relation to forest land acquired as part of its recent Treaty settlement

  • Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui Incorporated on a range of governance issues including its current governance review process and the rewrite of its rules.

For more of our latest news, please refer to our recent Māori legal bulletin, Te Pūrongo Ture.

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