Māori Lawyers as Agents of Mana-Based Change

Kaore te totara e tū mokemoke.
The totara does not grow in isolation.

Mēnā e tūmanako ana koe ki te mōhio i te mātau o te tangata, whāia te māramatanga o tōna ao.
If you wish to understand a person, know the world in which they live.

The theme for this year’s hui-ā-tau was gifted to us by Moana Jackson, whose advocacy and research is well-known throughout Aotearoa and the Indigenous world. The above whakatauki appear in his ground-breaking report on Māori and the criminal justice system, He Whaipaanga Hou. These whakatauki and the conference theme draw attention to the fact that neither people nor law can be isolated from the broader social and political context and a wider network of relationships, encouraging us to think deeply about how lawyers can contribute to social justice by pursuing change grounded in mana and tino rangatiratanga.

The Programme

We welcome all members of the Aotearoa legal community, Māori and non-Māori, to attend this year’s Hui-ā-Tau in Ōtautahi.  Our Thursday CPD sessions and Friday Open Conference sessions are open to all.  We will be running a closed session for members only on Saturday.


Our Sponsors and Partners

Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa are partnering with the following organisations to deliver Hui-ā-Tau 2021:

Key Partner: The Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation

Gold Sponsor: The University of Canterbury School of Law

Bronze Sponsors:

  • The Canterbury Law Review Trust
  • Chapman Tripp
  • Anderson Lloyd
  • Tukau Legacy

We would also like to acknowledge the support of our organisational partners for their ongoing support of Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa:

  • Kiwibank
  • Deloitte


Update: Friday 28 May – Hui-ā-Tau 2021 is currently sold out