Post by Kiwi Frontline on Feb 15, 2020 4:13:30 GMT 12
DEEP LISTENING NEEDED FOR TIKANGA CASES
The organiser of a symposium on tikanga and the law says it’s an area where lawyers have to listen to their clients.
The speakers including academics, iwi claimants, Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Supreme Court Justice Sir Joe Williams had insights about how that could be done, as well as warnings about letting Pākeha judges impose rigid definitions of Māori concepts.
"Everybody agreed what it came down to was whakapapa and whanaungatanga and it is incumbent on the lawyers acting for these iwi clients that disputes are resolved in an appropriate way and listening to their clients about how to do that," Ms Dewes says.......