Building relationships with Maori communities has been a particular focal point for New Zealand firms in a CSR context. One example of a dedicated practitioner in this space is Chapman Tripp’s Nick Wells, who leads the firm’s Maori Services Group, Te Waka Ture.
Wells was a member of the Treaty Team for Ngati Whatua Orakei and he assists a number of community organisations, including the Te Potiki National Trust, the Sir Hugh Kawharu Foundation, the Sir Peter Blake Trust and the First Foundation.
His recent pro bono work includes Structuring and Treaty Settlement arrangements for the Parahirahi Trust as the owners of the Ngawha hot springs, and advising the Motu Kokako Ahu Whenua Trust on a high-profile dispute with tourism operators about access rights to the Hole in the Rock.
Nick is an Honorary Teaching Fellow in Law at the University of Auckland
and is responsible for the Law School’s Iwi Governance and Commercial Transaction courses.
Partner, Chapman Tripp
|Years of Experience:
- He was recognised for his expertise as a corporate and commercial law by the Chamber Global 2013
- He is the only New Zealand Lawyer to be ranked by PLC Which Lawyer for the area of private equity: fund formation.
- New Zealand Law Society
- Trustee of KiwiAde (a New Zealand charity helping Namibian children in need).
- He is the Treasurer of the New Zealand Private Equity and Venture Capital Association
- Te Potiki National Trust
- Sir Hugh Kawharu Foundation
- First Foundation
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