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He aha te kai a te rangatira?
He kōrero, he kōrero, he kōrero
What is the food of the leader?
It is knowledge, it is communication

We provide a wide range of services, expert advice and advocacy for Māori.

We are people-focused, building long-standing relationships with our clients. We want to not only assist Māori to preserve and protect whenua, awa and moana and other taonga, but grow Māori wellbeing as a result.

As trusted advocates, we work with our clients on a variety of issues, and our clients recommend us to their friends and whānau.

We represent and advise whānau, hapū, iwi and affiliated or associated organisations. We also work closely with Māori in business – often unseen but highly successful.

With offices in Whangarei, Dargaville, Kerikeri and Warkworth, it’s easy to meet with you wherever you are based in the North, and we also enjoy going to meet our clients at their place.

We can assist in the following areas:

  • Māori land law
  • Post settlement restructuring
  • Business and management structures (e.g. trusts, companies and incorporations)
  • Governance and legal compliance
  • Buying a business or starting one, expansion and selling businesses
  • Commercial contracts (e.g. leases, supplier agreements)
  • Finance or re-financing
  • Forestry
  • Farming
  • Aquaculture
  • Resource Management Act

We are a team within a larger firm which has expertise in family and relationship property, business and property issues, so if advice is required in those areas as well, we work with specialist lawyers within our firm to help. We are also well connected with many other professional services (e.g. accountants, valuers, and banks) to make sure you have access to the services you need to get the best outcome.


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Ryan Welsh


Office: Whangarei

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Heidi Mackey

Senior Lawyer

Office: Whangarei

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Pera Paniora


Office: Whangarei, Dargaville

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