ABOUT

Laidlaw offers a kaupapa Māori approach to support businesses, governance boards, not-for-profit organisations, communities and whānau, hapū & iwi. Our services span law, dispute resolution, strategy, policy, capability and capacity building. 

We work with our clients to design, develop and implement bespoke solutions to meet their individual needs. 

OUR TEAM

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Wi Pere Mita

Principal

Wi Pere is a lawyer and accredited mediator. His experience includes Maori legal issues, cultural and intellectual property (including mātauranga Maori), commercial (including investments and asset managements, Iwi development including PSGE, media/broadcasting & entertainment, not-for-profit & community development. Awarded Mediator of the Year at the New Zealand Law Awards 2021. 

Current Governance positions held:

  • Copyright Tribunal, Chair

  • Watercare Services Ltd, Board

  • Trust Tairawhiti Ltd, Director

  • Prime SPV Ltd, Director

  • Toitu Ngati Porou Ltd, Director

  • Resolution Institute NZ & Australia, Director

  • Community Law Centres o Aotearoa, Executive Board (Māori Caucus);

  • New Zealand Police, Māori Advisory Board (Counties Manukau East);

  • Skycity Entertainment Group (Auckland Community Trust), Trustee

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Haimona Te Nahu

Consultant

Haimona is a lawyer and mediator. As a graduate of the Kura Kaupapa Maori movement Haimona is experienced in supporting clients to develop culturally responsive strategies to build cultural fluency and deliver focused outcomes. 

 

Haimona was a member of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment working group responsible for developing the Government Centre for Dispute Resolution – Aotearoa best practice dispute resolution framework.

Haimona is currently leading our cultural advisory and navigation support services in ACC review proceedings.

Sammy-Jo Matete

Business Administrator EA to Wi Pere Mita

Sammy-Jo is an experienced administrator having worked across New Zealand and Australia. For the past 5 years she has worked with Māori businesses and Iwi organisations supporting the management of iwi assets in a Post-Settlement Governance environment. Sammy-Jo is active in Marae and iwi initiatives.