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Te reo Māori (in English)

Where to go for more support

Community Law

Your local Community Law Centre can provide you with free initial legal advice.

Find your local Community Law Centre online: www.communitylaw.org.nz/our-law-centres

Ministry of Justice or your local court

If you would like to speak te reo Māori in court, complete the “Notice of Intention to Speak Māori” form that can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.

Find the forms here:

For all cases except civil (non-criminal) cases in the District and High Court: www.justice.govt.nz/assets/Documents/Forms/notice-of-intention-to-speak-maori-20170615-update.pdf

For civil cases in the District Court, visit the local court and ask for Form 4, “Notice of Intention to Speak Māori”.

For civil cases in the High Court, visit the local court and ask for Form G 12, “Notice of Intention to Speak Māori”.

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori/Māori Language Commission

The Commission’s website has a range of information and resources, including an interpreter register and support for organisations.

Website: www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz
Email: info@tetaurawhiri.govt.nz
Phone: 04 471 0244
Instagram: www.instagram.com/reomaori/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/reomaori

Te Mātāwai

Te Mātāwai is an independent body led by iwi and the Māori community, committed to revitalising te reo Māori for the Māori people and Aotearoa collectively.

Website: www.tematawai.maori.nz
Email: patai@tematawai.maori.nz
Phone: 04 499 8907
Instagram: www.instagram.com/te_matawai/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TeMatawai

The Legal Māori Resource Hub

Explore how Māori language has been used in legal contexts over nearly two centuries. A dictionary of Māori legal terms and the Legal Māori Corpus is also available.

Website: www.legalmaori.net

Te Puni Kōkiri/Ministry of Māori Development

Te Puni Kōkiri is the principal advisor on Government-Māori relationships. They monitor policy and legislation, and they provide government with high quality policy advice.

Website: www.tpk.govt.nz

Also available as a book

The Community Law Manual

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