Iwi Settlements and Kaitiakitanga: Engaging with the $50bn Maori Economy

Author(s): compilation of papers


Materials comprised of a paper and a PowerPoint handout


Te Aopare Dewes, Roia Whakarae (Senior Associate), Te Waka Ture, Chapman Tripp
Robert Grignon, Senior Legal Advisor, Tax, Chapman Tripp
Chair: Geoff Hardy, Partner, Martelli McKegg. 


The Maori economy is now estimated at $50bn, but managing large investments comes with great responsibility. Maori-owned businesses are unique because they are driven not just by financial outcomes but by the principles of kaitiakitanga (responsibility), manaakitanga (supporting people) and taonga tuku ihi mo nga uri whakatipu (guardianship of resources for future generations).

What are the key legal and cultural factors you need to take into account when working with firms which do business with Maori entities?

How do we ensure that Maori legal and financial structures meet their cultural and ethical responsibilities?

How does the tax system work for and against iwi?

These materials will help you

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the post-settlement governance model.
  • Learn more about how the tax system affects Maori.
  • Learn the pros and cons of using limited partnerships.
  • Gain insights into how to do business with Maori entities. 

Intended audience

Commercial lawyers and general practitioners. Accountants and financial advisers may also find this topic useful. 

Publication dateSeptember 2019
FormatPDF and/or hard copy
CPD Seminar Papers ISBN: C0581/P
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