May 22, 2013
Māori lawyers prompting community services
The Māori caucus of Community Law is concerned that not enough is being done to meet the legal needs of Māori.
The caucus is holding a two day hui in Rotorua on Thursday and Friday to look at how the organisation can better support its kaimahi Māori and develop kaupapa Māori legal services throughout the country.
Chair Paula Bold-Wilson says all Māori need to be able to access kaupapa Māori legal services, including land law services, no matter where they live.
She says the future of the only remaining specialist Māori law centre, the Ngāi Tahu Māori Law Centre in Dunedin, has been uncertain, but the caucus was told this week that funding has been confirmed for another two years.
Speakers at the hui include Annette Sykes and Moana Jackson, who have long histories with Community Law, and Tiaki Hunia of the Māori Trustee.
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