Huakina – ‘The Fabric of NZ society'
A 30 year retrospective and way forward

Symposium and Workshop

Monday 26 June (Hopuhopu),
Tuesday 27 June (Waikato University)

'There can be no doubt that the Treaty is part of the fabric of New Zealand society.  It follows that it is part of the context in which legislation which impinges upon its principles is to be interpreted.'
Huakina Development Trust v Waikato Valley Authority [1987] 2 NZLR 188, 210 per Chilwell J.

This symposium celebrates the 30th year anniversary of this landmark finding. It also celebrates the contribution of the Huakina Develoment Trust and Dame Nganeko Minhinnick and her whānau to the transformation of water law and policy in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Confirmed speakers include: Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias, Judge Caren Fox (Deputy Chief Judge of the Māori Land Court and Environment Court Judge), Judge Carrie Wainwright (District Court and Māori Land Court), Sir David Baragwanath, Donna Flavell (CEO Waikato-Tainui and expert on freshwater issues), Tina Porou (Expert on Te Mana o Te Wai), Prof. David Williams and Tom Bennion (Treaty and resource management lawyer).

The symposium and workshop will be beneficial to iwi practitioners in resource management and freshwater issues, local government, lawyers, students and academics.

There is no registration fee for either the Symposium or the Workshop but RSVP is required for each by Wednesday 21 June.

To attend the Symposium (26 June), please RSVP to Anna Burnett at: or Mylene Rakena at:

To attend the Workshop (27 June) please RSVP to Mylene Rakena at:

For further details and to see the draft programme please download it here.

This is a joint project hosted by Victoria University, Faculty of Law and Te Piringa- Faculty of Law, Waikato University and supported by Waikato-Tainui and the New Zealand Law Foundation.