New Zealand Law Society - Māori Legal Issues Committee

Māori Legal Issues Committee

The Māori Legal Issues Committee’s guiding purpose is to promote understanding and dialogue within the Wellington legal profession about issues affecting Māori in the law.

The Committee started operating in 2019, after members of the profession identified the need for a committee of this kind.

The Committee contains a diverse group of practitioners; from those practising in areas in which the terms and principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi are particularly pertinent, to those hoping to increase their understanding of issues affecting Māori in the law more generally.

In achieving its guiding purpose, the Committee, among other things:

  • holds monthly meetings with its members to discuss developments in the area, share knowledge, and identify possible areas appropriate for CPD events;
  • makes submissions and proposes matters that NZLS may want to submit on in relation to particular issues affecting Māori in the law;
  • supports / contributes to increased, appropriate use of te reo Māori in the courts;
  • holds CPD events (or where appropriate, approaches other bodies who may wish to hold such events) that seek to develop and push legal thinking on issues affecting Māori; and
  • offers socialising opportunities for lawyers working in the area.
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