Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Our Te Tiriti o Waitangi team have the expertise and knowledge to help with the wide range of legal issues which concern Te Ao Māori. We can help seek resolution of grievances from the past. We can help find solutions for whanau, hapu and iwi into the future.

Looking after the land, looking after the people

We are based in Wellington, but we represent clients from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island, and we travel to our clients. We can assist with everything from representing whanau, hapu or iwi in the Waitangi Tribunal or the Māori Land Court, to environmental, taonga tuturu and wāhi tapu issues. We are a team within a larger firm which has expertise in family, commercial and property issues, so if advice is required in those areas as well, we can call on other experts within our firm to help.

Our team is people-focused, building long-standing relationships with our clients. We want to help protect and preserve the rights and interests of whanau, hapu and iwi, in their whenua, awa and moana and other taonga. As trusted advocates, our clients with one issue frequently bring their other issues to us and recommend us to their friends and whanau. We strive to ensure that our clients’ point of view is expressed clearly and persuasively and that it is heard widely and by the right people.

Areas of Specialisation

Tiriti o Waitangi Historical Claims

Tiriti o Waitangi Kaupapa Inquiries

Tiriti o Waitangi Urgency Claims and Contemporary Claims

Tiriti o Waitangi Settlements

Wāhi Tapu and Taonga Tuturu

Māori Land

Marine and Coastal Act (MACA)

Public Law

Environmental / Resource Management

Te Tiriti o Waitangi Team

Te Tiriti o Waitangi News

Negotiating Tiriti Settlements - Morrison Kent Lawyers

Hapū Rangatiratanga or Large Natural Grouping: Negotiating Treaty of Waitangi Settlements

6 August 2019 | Bryan Gilling

It is widely accepted that hapū - not iwi were the primary vehicles of Māori political organisation at the time of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The Te Paparahi o Te Raki Tribunal found that:

“the fundamental unit of economic and political...

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How urgent? Waitangi Tribunal application for an urgent inquiry
14 August 2019 | Bryan Gilling

There are times when the Crown or its agents do things, fail to do things, or make decisions which breach the rights of Māori under Te Tiriti o Waitangi....

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Saving Lands for Treaty Settlements: Section 27B Memorials
17 July 2019 | Bryan Gilling

Treaty settlements are provided by the Crown, from Crown resources, in almost all cases. Private lands are not touched, are they? Well, in a very small...

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Responsibilities of Trustees of a Māori Trust
4 December 2018 | Bryan Gilling

Being the trustee of a Māori land trust is hard work and trustees have many legally enforceable obligations. It is not a job for Aunty just because she is...

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