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

Te Waka Ture, Chapman Tripp's Māori Legal Group, specialises in providing commercial legal advice to iwi and Māori organisations, 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 due to the creation of large, asset-rich Māori corporates from Treaty of Waitangi settlements, and partnerships and joint ventures with Māori and non-Māori partners. 

By drawing on our expertise and experience, we can assist iwi and Māori organisations to maximise their commercial assets, helping them to achieve not only their commercial objectives, but providing the means to achieve their social and cultural objectives as well.

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

He ringa raupa (our previous experience) 

We have advised

  • the 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 Limited 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
  • Ngati 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 Ngati Whātua Ōrākei Treaty 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 Whātua o Kaipara in relation to forest land acquired as part of its recent Treaty settlement
  • Ngāti Porou Whānui Forests on its joint venture arrangements, carbon farming options and general commercial advice
  • Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui Incorporated on the interpretation of its rules and related governance issues
  • Te Rūnanga ā Iwi o Ngāpuhi and Ngāpuhi Asset Holding Company Limited on its fishing joint venture and general corporate governance advice, including assistance around charitable and public benefit issues
  • Meridian Energy Limited in relation to its proposed joint venture with Ngai Tahu Property Limited to undertake various hydroelectricity projects
  • Stevenson Group Limited on its joint venture arrangement with the Wi Pere Trust, ultimately for the purpose of carrying on a mining operation
  • the Tuwharetoa Health Charitable Trust and other Tuwharetoa health providers on the establishment of its Whānau Ora structure
  • Maori 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

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Nick Wells

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