Female Co-President

Jamie-Lee Tuuta

Male Co-President

Carwyn Jones

Ngāti Kahungungu

Carwyn is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington. He holds a PhD from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. His primary research interests relate to the Treaty of Waitangi and Indigenous legal traditions and has published numerous articles on these topics. He is the author of New Treaty, New Tradition – Reconciling New Zealand and Māori Law (UBC Press and VUP, 2018), co-editor of Indigenous Peoples and the State: International Perspectives on the Treaty of Waitangi (Routledge, 2018), and co-editor of the Māori Law Review.
Carwyn was a negotiator for Ngāti Kahungungu ki Te Wairoa in relation to the settlement of their historical claims. He is a member of Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora – the Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group, and the Māori Advisory Committee to the New Zealand Law Commission.

Secretary

Nikita Day

Ngāti Tama ki te Tauihu

Nikita is currently practicing at Greenwood Roche in Christchurch.

Nikita holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Canterbury and was admitted to the bar in 2019.

She currently represents her iwi as a trustee of Ngāti Tama ki te Waipounamu Trust.

Treasurer

Joshua Hitchcock

Young Lawyer Representative

Edmond Carrucan

Ngāti Hako, Ngāti Pāoa, Te Whānau-a-Iritekura

Edmond is currently a Crown Prosecutor at Meredith Connell.

Edmond graduated from the University of Waikato in 2018 with an LLB(hon) (majoring in law and te reo Māori). He is aiming to return to study to undertake a Masters in 2021. He was admitted to the bar in 2019.

He is involved in some small projects related to both Mātauranga Māori and Youth.

Academic Representative

Mihiata Pirini

Co-Students Representatives

Sara Hape

Co-Students Representatives

Rihanna Morar

Rhianna is currently completing her LLB(Hons) and Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science and International Relations. Her research interests include tikanga Māori and Treaty of Waitangi jurisprudence. Rhianna is an active member of Te Hunga Rōia Māori (Māori Law Society) and Ngā Rangahautira (Māori Law Students’ Association at Victoria University of Wellington). She has whakapapa links to Ngāti Porou and Te Arawa (Tapuika).

Far North Representative

Paula J Wilson

taitokerau@maorilawsociety.co.nz

Auckland Representative

Cameron Jacob-Sauer

tamaki@maorilawsociety.co.nz

Co-Waikato Representative

Ethan Jerome Leota

Waikato

Ethan commenced his legal career at Waikato-Tainui 2018, practising primarily in the area of Treaty Settlement law. His current role is Settlement and Claims Advisor based in Hamilton.
Ethan graduated from the University of Waikato in 2017 with an LLB and admitted to the Bar in 2018. He also served as Tumuaki/Co-President of Te Whakahiapo (Waikato Maaori Law Students Association) in 2017.

Ethan is passionate about working for his iwi, delivering on their aspirations and creating opportunity for the next generation of Waikato uri. Ethan is the Waikato Maangai for Te Hunga Roia Maaori, you can contact him via email at waikato@maorilawsociety.co.nz

Co-Waikato Representative

MĀNIA Hope

Mania is a barrister based in Hamilton Central, practicing primarily in the area of family law.  She also has experience with papa kāinga, estates, trusts and probate.  Before going out on her own, Mania previously practiced in the District and High Court civil jurisdiction, Treaty of Waitangi forum and the general civil jurisdiction.

Mania graduated from the University of Waikato in 2004 with a BA/LLB. She worked as a Human Resources Advisor/Policy Analyst at Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa before going out into practice in 2006. Mania was an employed barrister and solicitor for two Hamilton law firms before commencing practice as a barrister sole in 2009.

Since going into sole practice, Mania’s primary area of practice is in the Family Court, including representing children.

Mania is a District Inspector of Mental Health appointed by the Minister of Health, Hon Jonathan Coleman for the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Lakes region. She currently hold’s a 3 year warrant commencing 1 July 2017 until 30 June 2020

Mania is the Te Hunga Rōia Māori co-opted member on the Family Law Section. She is a fluent speaker of Te Reo Māori and is able to conduct court proceedings in Te Reo Māori. Mania is in chambers with her father, Alex Hope, who also has a passion for Te Reo Māori and assisting people towards achievable outcomes.
waikato@maorilawsociety.co.nz

Bay of Plenty Representative

Tayla Afoa

moanaatoi@maorilawsociety.co.nz

Co-East Coast Representative

Maree Kereru

Marree is a solicitor at Woodward Chrisp in Gisborne. She is in the Commercial team and also undertakes mahi for clients in the Māori Land Court.
Marree was born and raised in Kawhia. She attended both Otorohanga college and St Joseph’s Māori Girls College and from there went to Otago University for 2 years.
Marree graduated from the University of Waikato in 2015 with an LLB and a BA with first class honours in Te Reo Māori me ona tikanga. She was admitted to the bar in 2017. Marree is passionate about her whānau and community. She is a member of the trust board at St Joseph’s Māori Girls College, the Chair of her Whānau Trust in Kawhia and gets stuck in with community initiatives and events.
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.
tairawhiti@maorilawsociety.co.nz

Co-East Coast Representative

Darcelle Koia

tairawhiti@maorilawsociety.co.nz

Co-North-West Coast Representative

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

Co-North-West Coast Representative

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.

Co-Wellington Representative

Toni Love

whanganuiatara@maorilawsociety.co.nz

Co-Wellington Representative

Jaimee Paenga

Canterbury Representative

Kate Tarawhiti

Waikato-Tainui
Kate is a Policy Advisor in the Strategy and Influence pou at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Prior to joining Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kate worked as a Senior Solicitor at Kahui Legal advising clients on a range of matters including public law, Māori land law, Te Tiriti o Waitangi issues and trust law. Kate has also worked for Lane Neave providing resource management advice.
Kate completed her studies at the University of Otago and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Psychology). During her studies Kate was on the executive of Te Roopū Whai Pūtake. More recently, Kate moved back to Ōtautahi where she grew up and is excited to tautoko all Te Hunga Rōia Māori members based here in Ōtautahi.
waitaha@maorilawsociety.co.nz

Otago and Southland Representative
Family Law Section Representative

MĀNIA Hope

Waikato
Mania is a barrister based in Hamilton Central, practicing primarily in the area of family law. She also has experience with papa kāinga, estates, trusts and probate. Before going out on her own, Mania previously practiced in the District and High Court civil jurisdiction, Treaty of Waitangi forum and the general civil jurisdiction.
Mania graduated from the University of Waikato in 2004 with a BA/LLB. She worked as a Human Resources Advisor/Policy Analyst at Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa before going out into practice in 2006. Mania was an employed barrister and solicitor for two Hamilton law firms before commencing practice as a barrister sole in 2009.
Since going into sole practice, Mania’s primary area of practice is in the Family Court, including representing children.
Mania is a District Inspector of Mental Health appointed by the Minister of Health, Hon Jonathan Coleman for the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Lakes region. She currently hold’s a 3 year warrant commencing 1 July 2017 until 30 June 2020
Mania is the Te Hunga Rōia Māori co-opted member on the Family Law Section. She is a fluent speaker of Te Reo Māori and is able to conduct court proceedings in Te Reo Māori. Mania is in chambers with her father, Alex Hope, who also has a passion for Te Reo Māori and assisting people towards achievable outcomes.