Māori engagement

The Law Commission is committed to carrying out its functions in a way that takes Māori perspectives into account, and consults with Māori as general stakeholders on its projects 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 is comprised of core members, who sit as permanent members of the Committee, and of advisory members, who are called upon on an ad hoc basis to advise on projects that fall particularly within their sphere of 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 Hon Douglas White QC.

Law Commission style guide on use of te reo Māori

​The Law Commission has an internal Style Guide to govern the use of Māori words or phrases in its papers and reports.