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

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

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Haimona Te Nahu

Solicitor

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.

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Awhitia Mihaere

Consultant

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 Matete

Legal Secretary

Rongowhakaata, Rongomaiwahine

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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.