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Tai is an associate in our Māori business group. He provides legal and strategic advice to clients on a wide range of issues, from preparing service-level agreements with marae committees to negotiating treaty settlements.

Tai advises a range of Māori collectives, with a particular focus on post-settlement governance entities. He helps them to understand their obligations and liabilities as trustees and provides advice on issues such as how to structure and manage their settlement assets. He also advises clients on commercial matters such as leasing arrangements and setting up joint ventures. He works closely with general managers and chairs. 

Tai also advises clients seeking settlements under other statutory regimes such as the Fisheries Act and the Marine and Coastal Area Act. An increasing part of his work involves helping clients understand and prepare for the Māori land reforms that will be introduced once Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill is passed. 

Tai, who is from Waikato and Ngati Kahu, doesn’t just have a good understanding of the legal issues clients face; he also understands the cultural context they operate in.

Tai enjoys playing squash and table tennis and is committed to improving his te reo skills.

 

EXPERIENCE

Tai has advised: 

  • On post settlement governance entity group structuring, including the establishment of group holdings companies, subsidiary companies, property and financial transactions and trustee liability. 
  • On the preparation and presentation of iwi, hapū, and kaupapa claims before the Waitangi Tribunal, assisting in negotiating Treaty settlements between iwi and the Crown through the Office of Treaty Settlements.

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