Experience

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

  • Te Rūnanga ā Iwi o Ngāpuhi and Ngāpuhi Asset Holding Company on its fishing joint venture and general corporate governance advice, including assistance around charitable and public benefit issues
  • Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara on the application of the right of first refusal provisions of their settlement legislation
  • the Tuwharetoa Health Charitable Trust and other Tuwharetoa health providers on the establishment of its Whānau Ora structure
  • Māori Television in domain name arbitration before the World Intellectual Property Organisation
  • the Ministry of Māori Development (Te Puni Kōkiri) on legislation intended to further Māori business interests
  • Te Tii (Waitangi) B3 Trust on terminating the existing ground lease (including settled negotiations) and entering into a new lease with Progressive Enterprises, including structuring the leases to protect the freehold land and appearing in the Māori Land Court
  • Ngāti Porou Whānui Forests on a carbon-leasing transaction that involved 34 land blocks, most of which were Māori freehold land and subject to the provisions of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993, requiring an appearance in the Māori Land Court
  • Motu Kōkako Ahu Whenua Trust to gain recognition of their rights as kaitiaki of Motu Kōkako, and
  • Parahirahi C1 Trust on its transition away from Māori Reservation status and in relation to its negotiations to lease the Crown-owned part of the Te Waiariki Ngawha Springs complex including Maori Land Court appearances. We also advised the Trust on its resource consent issues in relation to the Ngawha Springs, appearing in the relevant Court hearings.
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