Female Co-President

Jamie-Lee Tuuta

Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Toa Rangatira me Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri

Jamie-Lee is an experienced lawyer based in Christchurch.

Jamie-Lee graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Laws, and Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Maori and Indigenous Studies and Psychology. She is currently completing her Master of Laws (part-time) at Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington.

Jamie-Lee started her legal career working for Te Rūnanga o Ngai Tahu in Christchurch. She also has experience working as a lawyer in the community, in private practice and for the Waitangi Tribunal.

Jamie-Lee has held previous positions on the executive which have included being elected as tauira representative and serving as Ōtautahi and Te Whanganui-a-tara representatives.

Jamie-Lee is a strong advocate for Māori and our community. She is committed to serving the Hunga to ensure it continues to uphold and progress the vision that was given to us by our rangatira in 1988. Mā te Ture, Mō te Iwi – By the Law, For the People.

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.


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.


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

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.

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


Auckland Representative

Cameron Jacob-Sauer


Waikato Representative

Ethan Jerome Leota


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

Bay of Plenty Representative

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.

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.

Co-East Coast Representative

Darcelle Koia


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.

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


Co-Wellington Representative

Jaimee Paenga

Canterbury Representative

Adrienne Paul

Adrienne is of Ngāti Awa, Tūhoe, Te Arawa ki Maketu and Ngāti Tuwharetoa (Bay of Plenty) decent. She is a solicitor at Lawhub, Christchurch. She previously worked within family Law and currently works in general law. Adrienne is also a law lecturer at Te Kura Ture – School of Law at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha – University of Canterbury teaching Tikanga, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Land law, Māori Land law and Research methodology.

Adrienne graduated from the University of Waikato in 2012 with an LLB with a second major in Management Communication. In 2014, she obtained an LLM and was admitted to the Bar. During her studies, she was an executive of Te Whakahiapo (Waikato Māori Law Students Association) in 2009.

Adrienne loves her mahi and values professional relationships to empower people with knowledge. She is excited to tautoko all Te Hunga Rōia Māori members based here in Ōtautahi.

Adrienne is the Ōtautahi Maangai – Canterbury Representative for Te Hunga Rōia Māori, contact her via email: otautahi@maorilawsociety.co.nz

Otago and Southland Representative

Keri Kereru

Otago and Southland Representative

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.

Family Law Section Representative

Stephanie Northey