Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa and Te Aka Matua o Te Ture | the Law Commission have developed a good relationship over recent years, and on 21 July 2020 signed a Memorandum of Understanding which sets out a framework for closer engagement. This includes the Commission providing regular updates and receiving advice on consultation with Māori with respect to its current and planned work programme, and Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa encouraging its members to make submissions on issues that are relevant to Māori. As reflected in the MoU, the relationship between Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa and the Commission is founded on a spirit of co-operation and mutual trust. Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa has worked tirelessly since its inception in 1988 to represent Māori and Māori issues within the legal profession and in law reform. The Commission has a statutory obligation to take into account te ao Māori, and progressing work in this area is a priority for the Commission. The MoU is an important step for the Commission towards this goal.
Commissioner Donna Buckingham, Law Commission President Amokura Kawharu, THRMoA Tumuaki Wahine, Marcia Murray and THRMoA Tumuaki Tāne, Glenn Tootill