We have a long and proud history of assisting iwi to achieve their legal and commercial goals. Our work in this area has changed and matured over time, reflecting the path followed by many iwi in resolving their Treaty settlements, dealing with governance issues and investing settlement assets for future generations.
We also work with a number of non-iwi clients to assist them in their relationships with iwi, particularly in relation to significant infrastructure developments.
Since advising on all aspects of the Treaty settlement between Ngai Tahu and the Crown in 1997, we have continued to advise iwi on a diverse range of legal issues. We have particular expertise in litigation relating to treaty settlements and have acted on all aspects of a number of significant settlements including for Te Arawa.
Recent work has also involved assisting iwi either to protect their settlement assets (for example from third party litigation) or to invest and develop those assets (including advising on governance and investment structures).
Our history in this area and our strong understanding of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and the needs and concerns of Maori means we are ideally placed to assist a full range of clients on Maori legal issues.