Mō Māua │ Profiles

Horiana Irwin-Easthope

Tumu Whakarae │ Managing Director

Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of NZ

LL.B., B.A. in Māori Resource Management │ Victoria University
LL.M. │ Harvard Law School

Horiana is a critical legal thinker with a reputation for hard work. She pushes the status quo to affect change within, and outside of, the legal system to recognise the unique place of whānau, hapū and iwi within Aotearoa. Horiana consistently strives to provide quality legal and strategic advice, tailored to achieve desired outcomes for her clients.

Prior to establishing Whāia Legal, Horiana worked at Russell McVeagh, in their Resource Management, Māori Legal and Commercial Litigation teams, and at Kāhui Legal. Horiana has appeared in the Waitangi Tribunal, Environment Court, Māori Land Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Horiana is also regularly involved in alternative dispute resolutions processes.

Horiana and Scotty are māmā and pāpā to Rōpata Te Kauru-o-Te-Rangi Easthope. Horiana speaks Te Reo Māori.

Maia Wikaira

Tumuaki │ Director

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.