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The 2019 Annual Norris Ward McKinnon Lecture

The Challenge of the Treaty for Lawyers
and Judges: 25 years on, by The Honourable Justice Mark O'Regan

As part of his upcoming lecture in the Norris Ward McKinnon Lecture Series, Judge O’Regan will be discussing two significant legal events in the Waikato that occurred 25 years ago. These two events were Cooke P’s lecture of 1994 on “The Challenge of Treaty of Waitangi Jurisprudence,” and the signing of the Crown/Waikato-Tainui Heads of Agreement on 21 December 1994. These events were momentous, as they were the prelude to the signing of the Deed of Settlement in 1995, which settled the Raupatu claim and was the first tribal settlement.

Judge O'Regan’s lecture will be based on his personal experiences as a lawyer acting for the Crown in Treaty settlements (notably, in the present context, the Waikato-Tainui settlement in 1995), and as a Judge dealing with litigation arising from disputes about Treaty settlements. He will be discussing some of the successes, failures and issues of the last 25 years based on his involvement, and examining significant cases.

Date: Thursday 17 October 2019
Time: 6:00pm, pre-lecture drinks from 5:30pm
Venue: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato
Please RSVP here



The Annual Norris Ward McKinnon Lecture at Te Piringa - Faculty of Law

Te Piringa – Faculty of Law is delighted to continue its collaboration with Norris Ward McKinnon hosting this public event.

Designed as an annual event, the lecture series began as a way to address issues relating to the development of jurisprudence in New Zealand.

Now running for over 27 years, the Annual Norris Ward McKinnon Public Lecture brings distinguished scholars and members of the profession to the Waikato campus. This series has attracted national attention for its roster of speakers selected from New Zealand’s leading experts in the field of jurisprudence, NZ law and policy, and social justice. Over the years, distinguished guest speakers included Dame Sian Elias, Hon. Justice Baragwanath, Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Dame Sylvia Cartwright and many others.

The series helped to foster the relationship between the Hamilton Legal profession, the Hamilton law society and Te Piringa – Faculty of Law.

The lecture is traditionally the lead article in Waikato Law Review.

In 2017 Norris Ward McKinnon established a generous postgraduate scholarship to support PhD students’ research in their chosen field. Both, the Faculty and the firm believe that the scholarships will further foster collegiality, and bringing researchers and legal practitioners together to share and learn from the outcomes of the research.

Norris Ward McKinnon is a full service legal firm with nearly 100 years of history and expertise in the Waikato region.  The firm celebrates its centenary in 2019 and prides itself on looking after clients with professionalism and respect, offering clients specialist legal expertise backed by experience.