Ngāi Tahu Māori Law Centre

We provide a free legal service for Māori land matters and aim to educate and empower all members of our community.

Hui-ā-Iwi 2019 - 23 November 2019

Hui-ā-Iwi 2019 - 23 November 2019

Join us in Waihōpai (Invercargill) for Hui-ā-Iwi 2019! The NTMLC will be running a stall on Saturday 23 November 2019 from 9am with information and resources in relation to Māori land. Come along to meet our team and see how we can assist you! 

This years Hui-ā-Iwi is at Stadium Southland, 18 Surrey Park Road, Invercargill. For more information, check out the website below! 

https://ngaitahu.iwi.nz/event/hui-a-iwi-2019/

Annual General Meeting (AGM) - 13 November 2019

Our Annual General Meeting for 2019 will be held on Wednesday 13 November at 5.00 pm at the Ngāi Tahu Māori Law Centre, Level 1, 258 Stuart Street, Dunedin. 

Agenda:

  • Business
  • Presentation of Annual Report
  • Audited Financial Report 
  • Appointment of Auditor 2019-2020

 

All welcome to attend. 

RESEARCH REQUEST - CAN YOU HELP?

RESEARCH REQUEST - CAN YOU HELP?

Securing access to justice in the Māori Land Court – 

Can “design thinking” help us better understand users’ experience?

  • Have you made an application to the Māori Land Court, on behalf of yourself or your whānau, to succeed to an interest in Māori land? 
  • Would you be willing to complete a series of short written exercises (5 to 10 minutes each) related to that experience and then meet with a researcher to talk about them? 

 

This is research for an investigation into what the Māori Land Court is like for whānau and individuals who use it – as opposed to lawyers, judges or court staff. Gaining a deeper understanding of user experience is important if the Court is to be accessible to non-lawyers who may have no prior experience with a court process.     

You will complete five short exercises in a workbook (one per day for five days) and will then meet with a researcher for up to an hour to talk about what you did.  You do not need to have design or creative skills, or any particular confidence with reading or writing – anyone can do the exercises.  You will be given $40 in recognition of your participation in the project.  

You must be 18 years or older and have experience of making an application to the Māori Land Court to succeed to an interest in land.

The contact for this research is Mihiata Pirini, University of Otago,

 027 340 2301, pirmi619@student.otago.ac.nz

This project has been reviewed and approved by the University of Otago Human Ethics Committee. Reference: 19/095

25 July – Invercargill Free Legal Clinic

25 July – Invercargill Free Legal Clinic

Ngāi Tahu Māori Law Centre staff will be traveling to Waihōpai/Invercargill for a sitting of Te Kooti Whenua Māori/the Māori Land Court on 25 July 2019. Click here to find the national pānui for upcoming Kooti sittings

We are holding a free legal clinic for Māori land matters, open to anyone, in Waihōpai on the morning of July 25th, at the Southland Community House (Level 1, 46 Kelvin Street (elevator access available)). Please phone us on 0800 626 745 or click here to contact us if you would like to make an appointment between 9 am and 11.30 am on 25 July 2019.

See you soon Waihōpai!

Our newest enrolled lawyer!

Mihi to Jessie Paterson, NTMLC's newest enrolled barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand! We first met Jessie in 2017 when she took Otago University's Māori Land Law paper – we run their Mock Māori Land Court assignment. After this Jessie came on with us as a volunteer; was later taken on as a law clerk and is now our newest enrolled rōia/lawyer! Massive congratulations Jessie! Thanks Haines for supporting Jessie's admission!

Waihōpai Outreach Clinic

 Waihōpai Outreach Clinic

Ngā mihi o te tau hou, greetings for the new year!

Our Ngāi Tahu Māori Law Centre staff will be traveling to Waihōpai/Invercargill for a sitting of Te Kooti Whenua Māori/the Māori Land Court on 20 Māehe/March 2019 (date to be confirmed). Click here for a copy of the National Panui for upcoming Kooti sittings.

While we are in Waihōpai we will run a free outreach clinic (appointment only) for Māori land matters, located at the Southland Community Law Centre (100 Spey Street).

Please phone us on 0800 626 745 or click below to contact us if you would like to make an appointment.

Nau mai, haere mai to Jessie

Nau mai, haere mai to Jessie

Nau mai, haere mai to Jessie Paterson NTMLC's newest team member! Jessie has been volunteering for our law centre since July 2017, and is now with us full time as a law clerk and soon to be admitted as a new lawyer! Jessie grew up in Southland and graduated from the University of Otago last year with a law degree and arts degree focusing on politics and indigenous studies. We are excited to be expanding our team and look forward to taking on new challenges with Jessie's help!

Holiday Period

Holiday Period

The Law Centre will be closed from Monday 24 December 2018 till Friday 4 January 2019. We will be open in the New Year from Monday 7 January 2019 at 8.30 am. 

You can send us a voice message, email or letter in this time, or contact us by clicking HERE and we will get back to you as soon as possible after 7 January 2019.

From all of us here at the Law Centre, best wishes to you and your whānau over the holiday period, may you be merry and joyful and take care of one another.

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