Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of NZ
Admitted as an Attorney of the Yurok Tribal Court, California
LL.B.(Hons), B.A. │ University of Otago, Dunedin
LL.M. │ Stanford Law School
Maia is a dynamic legal communicator with a talent for effective, values-based engagement on complex issues. She makes the law speak in the language of the people it is dealing with, distilling complex legal concepts into accessible, fit-for-purpose advice that is informed by the context in which it operates.
Prior to joining Whāia Legal, Maia worked for the largest federally recognised tribe in California, the Yurok Tribe. There she was admitted to practise Yurok Tribal Law, and also represented the tribe in engagement with federal, state and other tribal governments. Maia maintains her practising certificate in Yurok Tribal Law. Before her time in the US, Maia worked at Russell McVeagh, in their Resource Management, Māori Legal and Commercial Litigation teams, and at Kāhui Legal. Maia has appeared in the Waitangi Tribunal, Environment Court, Māori Land Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.
Maia speaks Te Reo Māori and conversational Spanish.