THRMOA Hui-a-tau, 16-18 November 2017

AUT South Campus – Manukau City, Auckland

Conference Kaupapa

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Our theme for the Conference is encapsulated in the well-known proverb:

Hūtia te rito o te harakeke
Kei hea te komako e kō?
Kii mai ki ahau – he aha te mea nui o te ao?
Māku e kii atu – he tangata, he tangata, he tangata
If the heart of the flax was removed
Where would the bellbird sing?
If I was asked – what is the most important thing in the world?
I would say – it is people, it is people, it is people.

Speakers & Topics

The key note speakers include Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias, Justice Joseph Williams, Children’s Commissioner – Judge Andrew Becroft, Judge Ida Malosi, La-Verne King, Ali’imuamua Sandra Alofivae, & Ryan Walsh, Promise Holmes Skinner from the Aboriginal Legal Services in Toronto, Canada. With 4 streams running (social, treaty/land, commercial, general).

Other speakers include Rachel Taulelei & Kerensa Johnston; Justice Christian Whata, Judge Greg Davis, Judge Soana Moala, & Khylee Quince; Jamie Fergusson; Donna Flavell; Chief Judge Wilson Isaac & Annette Sykes; and Kingi Snelgar, Pania Newton, & Dayle Takitimu.

Speakers will cover topics such as:

  • The relevance of Treaty Settlements to Māori;
  • Mai i Aotearoa ki te Ao: Growing the Māori economy;
  • The Wakatu decision: A landmark moment in NZ law;
  • Restorative approaches to addressing the over representation of Indigenous people;
  • Tamariki Ora, Taiohi Ora, Mauri Ora: The Oranga Tamariki Act;
  • Realising the full potential of intellectual property rights for Maori: Insights from the Te Matatini Experience;
  • Cultural evidence in sentencing;
  • Stepping forward into the future: The Waikato-Tainui experience;
  • Legal Activism and International Law.

Social Events

  • Friday night jam session and karaoke
  • The Conference dinner will be held at the Vodafone Events Centre, with entertainment from Ardijah

Registration and Fees

Registrations are now open.  Early bird registrations close on 27 October 2017. Register here now.

Please contact our event managers, Lauren Pompey (021 447 627) or Harley Maika (021 378 090), or by email on with any questions regarding registrations.

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