Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa was formally established in 1988, with just a few lawyers in a Rotorua garage. Since then, the Society has grown to include a significant membership of legal practitioners, judges, parliamentarians, legal academics, policy analysts, researchers and Māori law students. We are a voluntary organisation, whereby our executive committee all work fulltime. We are proud to represent te iwi Māori in the legal profession and enjoy a healthy relationship with a number of groups including both the New Zealand Law Society and the Law Commission. We are very grateful to our event sponsors and to our members, who give their time and money to support this important kaupapa. Without them, we would not exist. In 2018, our Hunga celebrated our 30th anniversary, where our conference was attended by over 300 participants. We are no longer a small group of lawyers in a garage; rather, we are a large group of Māori who are lawyers, working throughout our communities for our people. So come and join us and our vision for Te Hunga Rōia Māori: Mā te Ture, Mō te Iwi – By the Law, For the People.

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Te Hunga Rōia Māori Awards

To mark the 30th anniversary of Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa, we created four awards to recognise the efforts and achievements of our members:

– The Community Contribution Award
– The Excellence in Academic Writing Award
– The Te Pae Tata Award
– The Matiu Dickson Award for Te Reo and Tikanga Māori

These awards will be presented annually at our Conference. Please keep an eye out for our call for nominations mid-year.

To read more about the awards, click here.

Ngā Tangata

Tumuaki Wāhine

Renika Siciliano

Waikato, Maniapoto

Renika specialises in employment law, Treaty settlement negotiations, takutai moana matters and general iwi disputes. Having been raised in Taranaki, she is currently Executive Director at McCaw Lewis Lawyers in Hamilton, where she leads the Kahurangi Team.

She has previously sat on the Executive as Junior Practitioners Representative and Waikato Representative. She was part of the team that organised the inaugural World Indigenous Lawyers Conference in 2012.

Tumuaki Tāne

Baden Vertongen

Baden is a lawyer and mediator who has worked in sole practice since 2013.  He started studying law at the University of Otago while working on customary fisheries issues at the Ministry of Fisheries.  On graduating he worked at Te Ohu Kaimoana and then at a large, national law firm.   That work has included assisting with several Treaty of Waitangi settlement negotiations and the operation of post settlement governance entities.  He also helps mediate a range of other disputes that involve Māori.  Baden’s other governance roles have included co-chairing the board of the Wellington and Hutt Valley Community Law Centers, as a board member of Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa, and as a member of the Māori Patents Advisory Committee.

Kaituhi
Kaipūtea

Joshua Hitchcock

Roia Rangatahi Māngai

Aphiphany Forward-Taua

Kaimātauranga Māngai

Mihiata Pirini

Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Whakatōhea

Mihiata is a lecturer in University of Otago’s Faculty of Law. Her research focuses on public and administrative law and the Treaty of Waitangi. From 2011 to 2019 she was in legal research and advice roles in the public sector, first at the Law Commission and then in Crown Law’s Treaty of Waitangi team. She is on the board of the Ngāi Tahu Māori Law Centre and is a Barrister and Solicitor of the New Zealand High Court.

Ngā Tauira Māngai

Rireana Kirkwood

Ngā Tauira Māngai

Lauren Watson

Te Tai Tokerau Māngai

Paula J Wilson

Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Whakaue and Ngāti Pakeha

Following roles with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Wellington/Tokyo) and the Department of Conservation (Whangārei/Wellington) Paula returned home to Whangārei in 2014 where she worked in various voluntary community roles and project managed Waitangi Tribunal claims for Whangārei hapu.

In 2012 Paula completed a Bachelor of Mātauranga Māori with Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and in 2016 completed her professional legal studies.

Paula was admitted to the bar in the Whangārei High Court in June 2017 and is delighted to be finally practicing law. A member of the Litigation team, Paula has a particular interest in employment, and ngā take Māori. She also volunteers as a mentor with I Have A Dream Charitable Trust working with tamariki and rangatahi in the communities of Tikipunga and Otangarei.

Tāmaki Makaurau Māngai

Morgan Dalton-Mill

Morgan is of Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara and Scottish descent.  She lives in Tāmaki and has lived there her entire life.  Morgan is a Judges’ clerk at te Kōti Mātua o Aotearoa, Tāmaki rohe.  She also tutors tauira Māori and Pasifika students at the University of Auckland Law School in Equity.
Morgan is about to graduate from the University of Auckland with a BA/LLB(Hons) degree.  During her degree Morgan was fortunate to attend Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa Hui-ā-Tau in 2018.  She was inspired by the kōrero and kaupapa of the Hunga.  Since then, she has looked forward to Hui-ā-Tau each year.  She is excited and humbled to be on the Executive this year with such an incredible rōpū.
Morgan is interested in Māori legal issues such as the relationship between tikanga Māori and the common law, the Treaty Settlement Process, Constitutional Transformation and Mātauranga Māori and Taonga (in the intellectual property realm) as well as criminal law.
Please feel free to contact Morgan on Tāmaki@maorilawsociety.co.nz if you would like to kōrero.  She is open to any and all whakaaro regarding events/initiatives for our Tāmaki members.
Waikato Māngai

Kuru Ketu

Kuru is of Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Maniapoto and Waikato descent. He is an Associate at McCaw Lewis Lawyers in Hamilton, where he has worked since 2017.
Kuru works primarily in resource management and environmental matters as well as litigation before the Courts and Tribunal, including Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) matters.
He is also a member of the Environmental Legal Assistance Panel and sits on other whānau trusts in a volunteer capacity.
Kuru is from Taumarunui and grew up on the whānau farm. He is an avid sports fan and plays basketball and indoor netball. He also likes to get out hiking, kayaking and mountain biking. Most weekends, Kuru can be found spending time with his large whānau.

Waikato Māngai

Kylee Katipo

Of Waikato, Ngāti Te Ata and Ngāti Tamaoho, Kylee is Managing Associate at McCaw Lewis Lawyers in Hamilton.
Having previously worked at the Māori Land Court, Kylee has extensive experience in Māori Land and Te Tiriti o Waitangi matters and providing legal and strategic advice to Ahu Whenua Trusts, Māori Incorporations, Whānau Trusts and Beneficial Owners of Māori Land across Aotearoa.
Kylee has significant court experience across various courts and has also worked closely with groups on significant projects and developments including commercial and property related areas involving Māori land and Marae Governance.
She was previously the Secretary for Te Hunga Roia Māori o Aotearoa. She is actively involved in competitions at Te Piringa Faculty of Law at The University of Waikato and has presented submissions to Parliament on Te Ture Whenua Māori Amendment Bill.
Kylee grew up in Te Kauwhata and outside of the office enjoys spending time with her whānau.

Waiariki Māngai

Tayla Afoa

Tayla is of Te Rarawa decent. She a solicitor at Kāhui Legal, Rotorua. She is involved with various work streams including, Māori land law, trust law, commercial law and criminal defence law.

Tayla graduated from the University of Waikato in 2018 with a LLB and BA (with a double major in Political Science and Philosophy). During her time there, she served as the public relations officer and the academic advisor of Te Whakahiapo (Waikato Māori Law Students Association) in 2016 and 2017.

In 2018, she spent her last year in Calgary, Canada where she focused her studies on the legal and cultural rights of First Nation communities in contemporary times. She was the secretary of the University of Calgary Indigenous Student Association (as an honorary member).

She is passionate about advancing Māori interests and repairing past injustices that simmers within the fabrics of Aotearoa. Outside of mahi she enjoys yoga, snowboarding and building her te reo Māori and iwi mātauranga.

Te Tai Rāwhiti Māngai

Marree Kereru

Waikato, Ngāti Māhuta, Ngati Hinerangi & Ngāti Awa

Marree is currently the Kaupapa Māori Solicitor at the Tairāwhiti Community Law Centre advising whānau between Raupunga and Pōtaka on a variety of matters including Māori Land, wills, enduring powers of attorney, estates, property and trusts.

She previously practiced in commercial/property specialising in Māori Land Law at Woodward Chrisp Lawyers, Gisborne.

Marree was born and raised in Kawhia and is a proud past pupil of both St Joseph’s Māori Girls College and Otorohanga College.

She graduated from the University of Waikato in 2015 with an LLB and BA with first class honours in Te Reo Māori me ona tikanga and was admitted to the bar in 2017.

Marree is passionate about her whānau, community and access to justice for Māori. Her current mahi at the Tairāwhiti Community Law Centre allows her to provide advice to those in her community who otherwise would not be able afford it, a privilege she does not take for granted.

She is also currently the Co-Chair of Ngā Kaiāwhina Hapori o te Ture (the Māori Caucus for Community Law Centres of Aotearoa), the secretary/treasurer of her Whānau trust in Kawhia and is a previous board member at St Joseph’s Māori Girls College.

Before her mahi as a solicitor, Marree worked in the Māori Land Court as a case manager in both Christchurch and Hastings and was also a volunteer at the Canterbury Community Law Centre.

Marree lives in Te Mahia with her husband and in the weekends can be found down at the beach or with her whānau.

Te Tai Rāwhiti Māngai

Hiria Green

Ko Hikurangi me Tararua ngā maunga,
Ko Waiapu me Hōkio ngā awa,
Ko Nukutere me Tainui ngā waka,
Ko Te Whānau a Takimoana me Ngāti Pareraukawa ngā hapū,
Ko Ōhine Waiapu me Ngātokowaru ngā marae,
Ko Ngāti Porou me Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga ngā iwi.

Hiria was born and raised in Gisborne. She attended Campion College, then moved to Ōtaki with her whānau to study at Victoria University of Wellington. In 2014 Hiria graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts in Māori Studies and Te Reo Māori. Hiria was admitted to the Bar in September 2014 and was involved in Waitangi Tribunal proceedings until returning to Gisborne in March 2017.

Te Tai Hauāuru Māngai

Miaana Patene

Taranaki me Te Atiawa
Miaana is an Associate at Govett Quilliam in New Plymouth.

Miaana has experience in providing advice to clients on the application of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 (including the establishment and governance of Māori land trusts, succession to interests in Māori land, the rules of alienation of Māori land including the rights of first refusal to the preferred class of alienee, protection of wahi tapu sites, access to Māori land including roadways and easements, and partitioning Māori land and other title improvements) and providing general advice about Māori legal issues affecting individuals, whānau, hapu and iwi. She is interested in a broad range of commercial matters, with a particular interest in providing governance advice to corporate and commercial clients.

Miaana is a board member of the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce and a trustee of He Toronga Pakihi ki Taranaki and Priscilla Sandys Wunsch Trust. Outside of work she loves exploring the beauty that Taranaki has to offer.
taranaki@maorilawsociety.co.nz

Te Tai Hauāuru Māngai

Sade Sadd

Ngāti Rārua me Ngāti Uenuku

Sade graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2018 with a LLB and BA (Māori and Indigenous Studies, History and English). During her studies Sade was an executive of Te Pūtairiki.

Sade was admitted to the bar in October 2019, during which time she was working in the District Court in the Waikato.

Most recently, Sade relocated to Taranaki where she has begun practice as a solicitor at Govett Quilliam in New Plymouth working primarily within family law.

Te Whanganui-a-Tara Māngai

Alice Anderson

whanganuiatara@maorilawsociety.co.nz

Te Whanganui-a-Tara Māngai

Nopera Dennis-McCarthy

Nopera has whakapapa to Ngāti Whitikaupeka, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, and Te Ātihaunui-a-Pāpārangi.

He graduated from Te Herenga Waka | Victoria University of Wellington in 2019 with an LLB(hons) and a BA in Political Science and International Relations.  During his studies he was tumuaki tāne and kaitiaki pūtea of Ngā Rangahautira, and worked as a Judges’ Clerk in the Wellington High Court for two years.

Nopera is the co-representative for Te Whanganui-a-Tara on the Te Hunga Rōia Māori Executive, and has a particular interest in post-Treaty settlement governance, intellectual property, and law reform.

Ōtautahi Māngai

Aja Trinder

Ōtepoti Me Murihiku Māngai

Keri Kereru

Otepoti Me Murihiku Māngai

Awhina Clark-Tahana

Te Arawa

Awhina is currently a litigation solicitor at Anderson Lloyd in Ōtepoti. She is involved with a wide variety of work including Māori land law, judicial review, trust and estate law and professional negligence.

Awhina graduated from the University of Otago in 2018 with a LLB and BA (majoring in history) and was admitted to the Bar in 2019.

Prior to her mahi as a solicitor Awhina worked for Professor Jacinta Ruru and Nga Pae o te Maramaratanga on the Biological Heritage Customary Take Project.

Awhina is a co-representative for Ōtepoti and Murihiku. She can be contacted via email at otepotimemurihiku@maorilawsociety.co.nz.

Whanau Ture Kaupapa Māngai

Stephanie Northey

Ngāi Te Rangi, Tu Korehe, Tūhoe and Ngāpuhi

Stephanie sees Law as a vocation, not just a job. She loves people and their stories, and her work enables her to help people when they need it the most.

Important to Stephanie, alongside family and friends, is community as well as personal and professional growth. She sits on the Bay Trust board, and has also been a Family Focus trustee for many years. Stephanie loves learning, and strives to constantly improve her own life and that of others.

Stephanie is also a member of the panel of lawyers approved to undertake work for the Central Authority (Ministry of Justice) in relation to applications under the Hague Convention on international Child Abduction & for the International Recovery of Maintenance.