Supporting dispute resolution services for tangata whenua – the role Māori cultural advisors in dispute resolution

with Hēmi Pirihi and Wi Pere Mita


This session will look at the role of a Kaitahutahu in dispute resolution practice.

Participants will have opportunity to:

  • Discuss providing dispute resolution services grounded on Te Tiriti o Waitangi, human rights and indigenous rights
  • Understand and effectively apply kawa and tikanga Māori practices and principles
  • Provide mediation and dispute resolution services on marae and papakāinga
  • Discuss and consider how the role of a Māori cultural advisor can support parties to a dispute resolution process.

Hēmi Pirihi
Kaitahutahu
Te Whakatōhea, Ngāi Tai

Hēmi is a Kaitahutahu with the Ahi Kaa Team of the New Zealand Human Rights Commission.

He was raised at the feet of his ancestors on the papakāinga and contributes to embedding te Tiriti o Waitangi, te Ao Māori and te reo Māori in the Commission’s journey to become authentically Tiriti-based.

Hēmi works towards promoting and advancing Tiriti, indigenous and human rights.


Wi Pere Mita
Lawyer / Mediator

Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Maniapoto

Wi Pere is a lawyer / mediator who specializes in Kaupapa Māori dispute resolution.

He is a graduate of the kōhanga reo and kura Māori movements and is an advocate for the advancements of Māori aspirations in law and dispute resolution.

Wi Pere is a member of the Resolution Institute Board of Directors and Chair of the Kāhui Māori, Resolution Institute Māori Caucus.