Season-Mary Downs

Season-Mary Downs

Doctor of Philosophy (Law)

Te Piringa - Faculty of Law

I was born and raised in Moerewa in the Bay of Islands, Northland. I attended Bay of Islands College before I commenced undergraduate study at the University of Waikato in 2004. In 2008 I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws.

During my time in Waikato I was a board member of with the YWCA of Hamilton and also a member of Te Hunga Roia Maori (The Maori Law Association). In 2009 I moved to Wellington where I worked as a Solicitor on the Maori Legal Team at Kensington Swan Lawyers. In 2010 I commenced part time postgraduate study at the University of Waikato and graduated with a Masters of Law with First Class Honours in April 2013.

I am currently a solicitor in the Maori Legal team at McCaw Lewis Lawyers in Hamilton, however I am based in Northland where I primarily assist whanau, hapu and iwi claimants with the settlement of their Te Tiriti o Waitangi claims. I have represented many claimants in the Whanganui, East Coast, and Te Paparahi o Te Raki District Inquiries, as well as the Petroleum Inquiry and the East Coast Settlement Inquiry. I also have particular experience in Maori Fisheries matters in the Māori Land Court and Māori Appellate Court. I find this work highly engaging, challenging and rewarding and I am committed to working with the hapu and iwi I represent through to settlement.


Highly Commended – University of Waikato, Te Toi o Matariki Postgraduate Conference 2012

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