Engaging with Māori

The Law Commission takes Māori perspectives into account when we work. We consult with Māori on all our projects generally, and as particular stakeholders where relevant.

Māori Liaison Committee

The Māori Liaison Committee supports the Law Commission to do this. The Committee’s Terms of Reference are here.

The Committee has seven permanent members. It also has five advisory members, who, on an ad hoc basis, give advice on projects where they have expertise.

The Committee’s core members are:

  • Justice Joe Williams (chair)
  • Sir Hirini Moko Mead
  • Deputy Chief Judge Caren Fox
  • Judge Denise Clark
  • Te Ripowai Higgins
  • Damian Stone
  • Tai Ahu

The Committee’s advisory members are:

  • Professor Jacinta Ruru (for the Review of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976)
  • Māmari Stephens (for the review of the Criminal Investigations (Bodily Samples) Act 1995)
  • Dr Carwyn Jones
  • Selwyn Hayes
  • June McCabe

The Commissioner responsible for the Māori Liaison Committee is the President, Douglas White.