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Published on: October 18, 2022


In our Whakamāramatanga Series, we explore a range of legislative developments and current legal issues within te ao Māori.


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18 October 2022

Supreme Court considers place of tikanga in the law – judgment on continuation of Ellis appeal

On 7 October, the Supreme Court released its judgment unanimously quashing Peter Ellis' historical sexual offending convictions because a substantial miscarriage of justice had occurred.  At the same time, it released a separate judgment setting out the reasons for its earlier decision to allow that appeal to proceed despite Mr Ellis' death.

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23 June 2021

Māori business procurement targets
In late 2020, the Government announced a new policy to provide more opportunities and cashflow to Māori around New Zealand through progressive procurement – a target of 5% of procurement contracts being awarded to Māori businesses by mandated Government agencies. 

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21 April 2021

The Public Service Act 2020 and Te Tiriti o Waitangi

The Public Service Act 2020 (Act) came into force last year and was heralded as the biggest shake up to the public service in 30 years. One of the changes was that the Act now recognises the role of the public service to support the Crown in its relationships with Māori under Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Similar expectations are set for Crown Entities under the "Enduring letter of expectations – to Statutory Crown Entities". 

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30 March 2021

The Māori Language Act 2016 - Te Ture mō Te Reo Māori 2016

In this article we provide a refresher on the law relating to the status of te reo Māori and the mechanisms in Te Ture mō Te Reo Māori 2016 (Māori Language Act 2016) to revitalise te reo Māori. The Crown has recognised that, not only, is te reo Māori an official language, but that it is a taonga (treasure) belonging to iwi and Māori, and of value for the people of New Zealand as a whole.

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