October 21, 2020
Law Society opens door for Maori, Pasifika
Māori lawyers are set to increase their influence on the legal profession with the inclusion of Te Hunga Rōia o Aotearoa as a permanent member of the New Zealand Law Society.
The Māori Law Society was welcomed into the organisation last week alongside the Pacific Lawyers Association.
Tumuaki wahine Jamie-Lee Tuuta says it means her roopu can vote on council decisions and for the office of President.
She expects some push-back from parts of the profession.
"They're now going to have to make a decision to get on the waka or not. The sense I have at the moment is people want to be involved, people are thinking about how valuable this is. It's taken some time but I don't think people can shy away from that," Ms Tuuta says.
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