John Kahukiwa


Managing Partner, BA, LLB. Admitted 1994

John has over twenty years experience in commercial and public law, representing clients in the District and High courts, Māori Appellate Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, at hui and in the boardroom.

He has considerable insight into issues affecting Māori, their needs for economic development and the ability to protect and honour their identity and heritage.

He specialises in advising iwi and hapu on commercial settlement agreements, Tiriti O Waitangi  claims and the structuring of the collective interest to synthesise traditional decision making with commercial imperatives.

John’s extensive experience in creating organisational structures that best serve the needs of clients comes from his depth of knowledge in:

  • Common law trusts
  • Charitable trusts
  • Company structures
  • Partnerships
  • Limited partnerships
  • Incorporated Societies,
  • Te Ture Whenua Māori Act trusts
  • Waitangi Settlement Negotiation

As managing partner John is focused on leading the firm to empower people through expert use of the law.  His knowledge and competence in te reo me ona tīkanga Māori enable him to be highly effective in any legal jurisdiction including Te Ao Māori.

John’s iwi include: Ngāti Whakaue, Tuhoe, Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Rongowhakaata, Te Whānau a Apanui and Ngāti Porou.

Significant cases John has acted in:

John has also been the director of a number of boards including:

  • Ngāti Whakaue Tribal Trust
  • Poutama Trust
  • Life Education Trust

Contact Details

DDI: 09 8373501

Mobile: 021378750