Hui-ā-Tau 2017


THRMOA Hui-a-tau, 16-18 November 2017
AUT South Campus – Manukau City, Auckland

Conference kaupapa

Our theme for the Conference is encapsulated in the well-known proverb:

Hūtia te rito o te harakeke

Kei hea te komako e kō?

Kii mai ki ahau – he aha te mea nui o te ao?

Māku e kii atu – he tangata, he tangata, he tangata

If the heart of the flax was removed

Where would the bellbird sing?

If I was asked – what is the most important thing in the world?

I would say – it is people, it is people, it is people.

Click here to see the full programme.

CPD Hours

There will be over 10 CPD hours on offer at the Conference.

Speakers & Topics

The key note speakers include Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias, Justice Joseph Williams, Children’s Commissioner – Judge Andrew Becroft, Judge Ida Malosi, La-Verne King, Ali’imuamua Sandra Alofivae, and Ryan Walsh and Promise Holmes Skinner from the Aboriginal Legal Services in Toronto, Canada. With 4 streams running (social, treaty/land, commercial, general), other speakers include Rachel Taulelei and Kerensa Johnston; Justice Christian Whata, Judge Greg Davis, Judge Soana Moala, and Khylee Quince; Jamie Fergusson; Donna Flavell; Chief Judge Wilson Isaac and Annette Sykes; and Kingi Snelgar, Pania Newton, and Dayle Takitimu. Speakers will cover topics such as:

  • The relevance of Treaty Settlements to Māori;
  • Mai i Aotearoa ki te Ao: Growing the Māori economy;
  • The Wakatu decision: A landmark moment in NZ law;
  • Restorative approaches to addressing the over representation of Indigenous people;
  • Tamariki Ora, Taiohi Ora, Mauri Ora: The Oranga Tamariki Act;
  • Realising the full potential of intellectual property rights for Maori: Insights from the Te Matatini Experience;
  • Cultural evidence in sentencing;
  • Stepping forward into the future: The Waikato-Tainui experience;
  • Legal Activism and International Law.

For more information see the full programme here.

Places are limited, so register early so you don’t miss out.



The National Mooting Competition will be held at the Manukau District Court.

Social Events

  • Friday night jam session and karaoke
  • The Conference dinner will be held at the Vodafone Events Centre, with entertainment from Ardijah


Thank you to our sponsors for their support. We are pleased to have Westpac on board as our premier Aotea Sponsor. We also acknowledge our Toto Weka Sponsors – Chapman Tripp and Deloitte and our Inanga Sponsors the Institute of Professional Legal Studies and AUT.






Registration and Fees

Registrations are now open.  Early bird registrations close on 27 October 2017.  Register here now.


  • Early bird members – $850
  • Standard members – $1000
  • Daily rate members – $500
  • Non-members – $1500
  • Non-members daily rate – $750
  • Community Law Centre – $750
  • Tauira – $225
  • 10% discount on Conference registrations for those firms sending more than four delegates

Please contact our event managers, Lauren Pompey (021 447 627) or Harley Maika (021 378 090), or by email on with any questions regarding registrations.

Ngā manaakitanga,

THRMOA Executive