2019 Māori Legal, Business and Governance Forum

Achieving Māori aspirations in a post-settlement world

Event Details


Registration and coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair
Linda Te Aho, Associate Dean Māori, Te Piringa Faculty of Law, University of Waikato
Policy & regulation supporting a thriving Māori economy
Ministerial address: Government policy to support a thriving Māori Economy
  • What new policy can PSGEs expect from the Government?
  • Helping Māori business thrive
  • Progress on treaty settlements
Hon. Shane Jones, Regional Economic Development Minister, NZ Government
Co-governance frameworks to support sustainable futures for Māori enterprises
Achieving successful Māori co-governance of natural resources
  • Responding to National Policy Statements on freshwater and forestry
  • Understanding the Māori Freshwater Forum’s response to the Freshwater Accord
  • Mana Whenua Mana Tāngata in Napier’s Te Whanganui-a-Orotū harbour estuary, hapū cogovernance and how this fits into the National Template.
Jim Sinner, Coastal and Freshwater Senior Staff Scientist, Cawthron Institute
Morning Break
What Stage Two of WAI2575 means for health services contracts
The Waitangi Tribunal Health Services and Outcomes Inquiry (WAI2575) encompasses mental health, suicide, disabilities and substance abuse across 200 claims.
  • Learn how WAI2575 findings may affect PSGEs delivering health and social services
  • Māori PHOs (WAI1315) and National Hauora Coalition (WAI2687) claims
  • Learn where opportunities lie to promote the wellbeing of whanau
Annette Sykes, Human Rights Lawyer
Kerri Nuku, Kaiwhakahaere, NZ Nurses Organisation
Investment, entrepreneurship and business opportunities in a PGSE environment
Business investments for your PSGE – landmines and goldmines
How to protect the future of a settlement using the Provincial Growth Fund, One Billion Trees fund, capital investment for iwi and agtech successes.
Guy Royal, Director, Tuia Group
Case study: Which tech disruptions offer the greatest opportunities for Māori contribution to the economy?
  • How to build a national association of Māori tech and investment
  • Understand what innate tech advantages Māori have – cultural content, values, social enterprise, environment
  • How to build a sustainable model for tech entrepreneurship from regional NZ
  • Web 3.0, IOT, AI, VR/AR, Robotic Process Automation, Edge Computing and Blockchain
Barry Soutar, Executive Director, Te Tira Toi Whakangao (T3W ) the National Māori Tech and Investment Association
Digital Identity and Data Sovereignty: How tech tools help record information about iwi members

Hear how Āhau is using blockchain data collection and digital identity protocol to empower Māori with access, ownership and management of personal data. As part of Digital Identity NZ, Āhau is building stronger, healthier communities, and fostering greater use of community resources.

Ben Tairea, Founder, Āhau
What iwi need to know about compliance with the law after receiving settlement

When a PSGE concludes settlement with the Crown, challenges can arise in running an asset holding company, community services and rūnanga. Ngāi Tāmanuhiri’s CEO explains what legal requirements to expect and gives advice on Waitangi Tribunal claims, litigation and dispute resolution.

Robyn Rauna, Former Chief Executive, Tāmanuhiri Tūtū Poroporo Trust
Afternoon Break
Globalisation’s opportunities and challenges for Māori exporters
  • Challenges and opportunities from globalisation
  • Threats around advertising and marketing, products and services
  • Packaging and labelling: issues to be wary of so it’s safe to export.
Charlotte Henley, Partner, Kensington Swan
Legislation reforms: Keep up with the essentials for PGSEs, Not for Profits and Charitable Trusts


  • An overview of the Trusts Act 2019
  • Practical implications for PSGEs
  • Further possible reform (Charitable Trusts Act 1957 and Incorporated Societies Act 1908)
Mihiarangi Piripi, Special Counsel, Whaia Legal
Summary remarks from the Chair & Networking Drinks
Legal and Regulation Stream
Business and Innovation Stream
Presentation from the new Office for Māori-Crown Relations – Te Arawhiti
Warren Fraser, Deputy Chief Executive – Strategy and Policy, The Office for Maori-Crown Relations - Te Arawhiti
CASE STUDY: Turning Māori stories into digital experiences (Kiwa Digital)

A Kiwa Digital showcase, from making a digital story about Whangaroa iwi to developing VoiceQ which is now recognised by Netflix and licensed to 184 studios globally

Steven Renata, Chief Executive, Kiwa Digital
Māori responses to land developments – protest, partner or plan for profit?

There can be conflict when PSGEs want to give dividends from land developments to iwi members and this clashes with valuing the heritage of the land.  

  • Reviewing Māori positions on land development, investment and Environment Court  

  • Offsetting cultural impact 

Linda Te Aho, Associate Dean Māori, Te Piringa Faculty of Law & University of Waikato
Shaun Awatere, Resource Economist, Landcare Research
Essential tools around First Right of Refusal and Disposal Portal – with Land Information New Zealand

LINZ’s Commissioner of Crown Lands demonstrates the First Right of Refusal process and how LINZ is making this more accessible, as well as explaining LINZ’s role as a regulator of disposals through Treaty settlement standards.  

Also, learn how the LINZ disposal portal for iwi users works.  

Craig Harris, Commissioner of Crown Lands, Land Information New Zealand
Morning break 
Sustaining Māori input on urban planning 
  • How to build capacity for Mana Whenua to complete Cultural Values Assessments  

  • Navigating RMA processes/urban planning through a value-based and governance-aligned framework 

  • How to land cultural outcomes through contested and non-Māori processes. 

Jamie Forsman, Managing Director, Kaihautu Consulting
Edward Ashby, Māori heritage expert, Ashby Heritage
CASE STUDY: How to monetise and protect your greatest assets  

Over 87% of all Maori company value has been estimated to lie in intangible assets. Find out how to identify, assess, protect and value Māori intangible assets. 

Francis Milner, Chief Investment Officer, EverEdge Global
PANEL: Developing co-governance between councils, Māori and PSGEs: what is and isn’t succeeding

A panel discussion about co-governance, the different levels of Māori representation on councils across the country, and whether the Local Electoral Act successfully brings Māori into local government and co-governance.

Mali Ahipene, Waikato Regional Council
Andrew Judd, former New Plymouth District Council mayor
Eugene Berryman-Kamp, Te Arawa River Iwi Trust
How can Māori primary industries cope with climate change?
  • How sustainability concerns are affecting traditional agriculture exports – dairy, honey, wine, seafood 

  • Are sustainability responsibilities increasing costs?  

  • Iwi responses to planting, biofuel, and the Kyoto Protocol  

Marija Batistich, Partner, KensingtonSwan Clayton Wiki & Pārengarenga Incorporation
Property, prosperity and iwi land development 
  • How can Māori maximise property investment? 

  • Borrowing and finance options for PSGEs 

Toko Kapea,  Director,  Tuia Group
What makes a Hi-Tech Māori Company?

Find out what's behind the success of Hi-Tech Māori companies.

Can local government bear Treaty settlement costs?

After the Crown settles its historical Treaty breaches with Iwi, councils are left with the costs of developing and implementing co-governance and co-management arrangements. Funding to effectively and successfully support local government to work with PSGEs after settlement is minimal and short term thereby placing the ongoing costs for resolving the Crowns historical breaches on local and regional ratepayers. Building on the LGNZ March 2018 report the Cost of Implementing Treaty Settlements and 2019 submissions to the Productivity Commission this presentation clarifies Waikato Regional Council’s position on this matter and raises awareness as to why this issue should also be a concern for iwi.


Toni Dobson, Senior Legal Advisor, Waikato Regional Council
Neville Williams, Director of Community and Services, Waikato Regional Council
Taxes on Māori PSGEs – What the Tax Working Group found

The Tax Working Group’s recommendation for a Capital Gains Tax was not enacted by government – but it’s important to know how Water Abstraction Tax and other incoming taxes may affect Māori businesses and NGOs. 

Geof Nightingale, Tax and Financial Advisory Services Leader, PwC & Member of Tax Working Group
Afternoon Break
Legally sound digital and social media communications for rūnanga
  • Hear how ICT can bolster or harm democratic elections for rūnanga 

  • Learn how to get ICT right to communicate between iwi, media and the public.  

Scott Campbell, Director, Campbell Squared
How Kōkiri accelerates development of startup Māori businesses
  • Learn how Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, MBIE’s Te Pūnaha Hiringa Māori Innovation Fund, Creative HQ, Robett Hollis, Crowe Horwath and Ernst & Young Tahi have boosted the business incubator Kōkiri 

  • What MBIE’s Te Pūnaha Hiringa Māori Innovation Fund can do for any startup Māori business 

  • Success stories from Kōkiri innovators 

Ian Musson, Programme Manager, Nau Mai
The new housing and urban development agency, Kāinga Ora-Homes and Communities
  • How the new Crown Entity will be set up and what it will do
  • How Maori perspectives, the Treaty of Waitangi and its principles are to be considered when undertaking housing and urban development.  
  • A discussion about the new Kāinga Ora (Homes and Communities) Bill and how it recognises Maori interests.
  • Discussion of new functions including to support and enable the aspirations of Maori relating to urban development


Karaka Tuhakaraina, Associate General Counsel, Housing New Zealand (Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities)
Delivering healthcare and social services as a business
  • Partnerships, procurement and healthcare services – business versus charity options 

  • Finding funding from outside of PHOs 

  • Dealing with data ownership in government-funded contracts 

Toa Faneva, CEO, Te Rūnanga o Whaingaroa
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