Ratonga │ Services

Resource Management and Environmental Law

We assist our clients to protect and enhance natural resources, address environmental degradation, reclaim traditional knowledge and realise economic aspirations in a way that meets their kaitiaki obligations.

Our areas of expertise include water, the marine and coastal environment, the exclusive economic zone, fisheries, forestry and geothermal.

We advise clients on the full range of resource management and environmental law processes, from plan development, to consenting, law and policy reform and environmental litigation.

Public Law and Policy

We understand the public sector and regulatory environment that affects Māori. The interface with te ao Māori is unique.

We act as knowledge brokers in our work representing clients in their dealings with central and local government, facilitating exchange between and among iwi, stakeholders and policy makers.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

At Whāia Legal we believe in living the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi every day. To us this means a whānau, hapū and iwi-centred approach to nation building that affirms Aotearoa’s unique identity, is forward-looking and inclusive, and shares power and responsibility.

We take this approach to advising clients on Te Tiriti o Waitangi issues; including resolving historical grievances, assisting to forge Tiriti-based relationships and governance arrangements, and embedding Te Tiriti within the heart of an organisation or programme.

Māori Land and Governance

Our clients know that their responsibility is to their mokopuna, the future generation.

Their priority is to create successful and sustainable futures by balancing commercial and tikanga imperatives, respecting the reciprocal relationship between the natural environment and people.

We navigate our clients through the legal and regulatory issues particular to Māori land and governance, to realise their aspirations and unlock Māori asset potential.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

We take a solutions-focused and relationship-based approach to litigation and dispute resolution.

We provide proactive advice targeted at identifying and reducing risks, de-escalating conflict and unlocking opportunities for resolution.

Where litigation is required, we act with integrity, respecting that our clients’ relationships with other parties often must endure beyond the dispute at hand.

Corporate

We understand that maintaining a corporate entity, that is ultimately accountable to members within te ao Māori, can be difficult at times. We are experts at helping clients balance corporate and cultural issues, while remaining respectful to all stakeholders.

Our areas of expertise include corporate structuring, trust law, compliance and contract negotiations and drafting.

We also understand the public sector and regulatory environment that affects Māori, and act as knowledge brokers in our work representing clients in their dealings with central and local government.