Governance and Planning


We advise on a range of commercial and contractual matters, including providing advice to Iwi and Māori organisations on the best ways to structure themselves and their social, cultural and commercial enterprises.


We also provide advice to Iwi and Māori organisations on various commercial transactions, including advising Māori organisation and rūnanga on the establishment of companies, assisting Iwi with purchasing commercial properties and providing legal opinions to assist organisations in respect to proposed commercial transactions.

Our experience includes:
  • Advice to both Māori and local government on obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles and obligations
  • Advice on iwi related issues in resource management, local government, and public law 
  • Hapu and Iwi Management Plans
  • Applications for resource consents, restricted coastal permits and plan changes
  • Assisting to negotiate and draft Relationship Agreements
  • Advice on Marine and Coastal Area - Takutai Moana matters
  • Advice with respect to fisheries and aquaculture interests

Governance and Planning Team

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Troy Wano
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Miaana Walden