Bell Gully has a long and proud history of assisting iwi and Māori organisations to achieve their legal and commercial goals.

​​​​​​​​​​We advised Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu on its Treaty settlement with the Crown in the 1990s which was, and will remain, one of the most significant and ground breaking Treaty settlements between the Crown and iwi. Since then, we have continued to advise iwi and Māori organisations on a diverse range of legal issues reflecting the depth and breadth of our experience as a firm.

Our work for iwi and Māori organisations has changed and developed over time given that many iwi have reached the post-settlement stage. We work together, with iwi, to protect their assets and create a strong economic base for future generations. While we continue to act for iwi settling with the Crown and advise on the inevitable challenges to those settlements, we also advise on settlement protection and other post settlement or "implementation" issues. This includes advising on governance, investment structures, partnerships and joint ventures both between various iwi (such as specific iwi/iwi joint ventures) and between iwi and other private and public sector partners.

Work highlights

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
Advising Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu on the issues relating to the relativity mechanism contained in the Ngāi Tahu Deed of Settlement.

Acting for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu on an application under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011. The judgment delivered by the High Court in December 2016 was the first substantive judgment relating to this Act. Also acting for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu on its own application under the Act.​