Chapman Tripp, one of the country's leading law firms, has established a new scholarship for undergraduate law students which will be known as the Chapman Tripp Iwi Governance Scholarship in Law. Valued at $5000, the scholarship will support a student who is enrolled in Part 2 of the LLB degree and who has a particular interest in Māori law and Iwi management issues.
Chapman Tripp is one of the country’s leading commercial law practices and its Te Waka Ture group is well known for its expertise in Iwi Governance issues.
“As the settlement of Treaty of Waitangi claims progress, the asset base and responsibilities of iwi increase. To meet those responsibilities iwi need to continue to develop their talent and commercial ability. We hope that our scholarship and the teaching of the Iwi Corporate Governance paper by Chapman Tripp partners will assist in a small way for the benefit of iwi and Aotearoa,” says Nick Wells, Chapman Tripp Partner and leader of Te Waka Ture.
Last year Chapman Tripp pledged substantial funding to establish the Chapman Tripp Chair in Corporate and Commercial Law at the Auckland Law School. This is the first time that a New Zealand law firm has agreed to fund a professorial chair. The Dean of Law at Auckland University, Dr Andrew Stockley, said that “The Auckland Law School is extremely grateful to Chapman Tripp. Partners in the firm help teach several of our courses, including Iwi governance, and this scholarship will provide a major incentive to students in this area.”
About Te Waka Ture
Te Waka Ture, Chapman Tripp’s Māori Services Group, specialises in providing commercial legal advice to iwi and Māori organisations, focussing specifically on post-Treaty settlement transactions, joint ventures and collective iwi arrangements. By drawing on our expertise and experience, we assist iwi and Māori organisations to maximise their commercial assets. This helps to achieve not only the organisations’ commercial objectives, but also provides the means to achieve their social and cultural objectives.