October 18, 2018
Māori lawyers back Epati for national role
The Maori law society Te Hunga Roia Maori o Aotearoa says a wahine can give the legal profession what it needs at this time.
Co-president Marcia Murray says the profession faces significant challenges around culture change; the reputation of the profession; and inclusion and diversity of all kinds.
That's why Te Hunga Roia Maori has endorsed Tiana Epati in the election for president of the New Zealand Law Society.
The Gisborne-based litigator is up against Nerissa Barber, who is a senior advisor to the State Services Commission on secondment from the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
Ms Murray says Ms Epati has contributed to the development of the law regarding its impact on Maori.
She is leading the charge on recognising cultural context and background in criminal sentencing.
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