“We need law centres that give our people, the sort of rangatahi we have here, decent legal advice so they don’t get shunted off by incompetents. But we need them to be there too to help our people fight the Crown on land and Treaty issues, otherwise lawyers and the Crown will set the agenda.” Eva Rickard

Māori members from across our 24 centres come together to form the Māori Caucus of Community Law Centres o Aotearoa, Ngā Kaiāwhina Māori Hapori o te Ture. The Māori Caucus works to ensure that CLCs:

  • uphold our Treaty obligations
  • create legal services that reflect the beliefs and meet the needs of urban and rural Māori
  • are a force for Treaty-based change in Aotearoa
  • contribute to law change that works against the social exclusion and disadvantage of Māori.

Our Ngāi Tahu Māori Law Centre specialises in Māori land for all Ngai Tahu members and any Māori with Māori land issues who lives in the South Island. Some of our centres have Kaupapa Māori teams, with Māori lawers and support workers, who can provide legal help within a tikanga Māori framework.

If you would like to contact the Māori Caucus, or to speak with someone about strengthening partnerships between Community Law Centres and iwi throughout Aotearoa, please contact:

Wi Pere Mita and Desiree Williams
Co-chairs
Email:  wipere.mita@clsstlaw.com

Phone: 021 201 5090

 

Annual Māori Caucus Hui

 

The purpose of this hui is to strengthen and enhance Community Law’s ability to meet the high unmet legal needs of Māori within our respective communities, to look at how Community Law can better support its kaimahi Māori, and to expand kaupapa Māori legal services throughout the country.

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