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.
Wi Pere Mita
Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Waikato - Maniapoto
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. Wi Pere was 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
Haimona Te Nahu
Ngāti Porou, Rongomaiwahine, Te Arawa
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 as well as project managing our major events portfolio.
Rangitāne, Ngai Tahu Matawhāiti, Ngāti Kahungunu
Awhitia is an experienced Restorative Justice facilitator, Lay Advocate (Te Kooti Rangatahi), Senior Cultural Advisor and Therapist, and Cultural Report Writer (section 27). She supports our Dispute Resolution and Cultural Advisory Services.
Awhitia is also tohunga ruahine and a teacher of rongoā Māori. Her lived experiences as an Indigenous Traditional Practitioner derive from her whakapapa of Ngai Tahu Matawhaiti, Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Rongowhakaata, Rangitane, Maniapoto.
Sammy-Jo is an experienced executive 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.