LAWCOMM 437 - Iwi Corporate Governance

Credit points: 15 points
Offered: Summer School (commencing Tues 15 Jan and ending Thur 14 Feb 2019.  Note there is no class on Tues 12 Feb)
Contact hours: Lectures – 8 hours per week
Course Coordinator: Nick Wells
Prerequisites: LAW 211, 241

Course description

We will focus on the common legal structures utilised by iwi. We will look at why those structures are chosen and the legal, tax and practical issues that arise. This will lead us to consider aspects of the law related to trusts, limited partnerships, charities, taxation (including Māori Authorities), and how these aspects are interwoven within one overarching structure. 

The aim of the course is to provide students with a practical insight (from practising senior lawyers) into key issues to be aware of when advising iwi clients as to their structuring options, and ongoing governance and taxation obligations.

Content outline

The course will focus on each of the common legal structures used by iwi and their charitable, taxation and governance profile. For each structure we will look at contemporary examples in iwi business and governance structures including trusts, companies, limited partnerships and joint ventures.

Roughly half of the course time will focus on corporate and governance aspects of each structure with the remaining half focusing on the charitable/taxation profile of each structure.

The course is taught by a small number of senior practitioners from Chapman Tripp.


30 minute multiple choice Canvas test (10%)

2 hour open-book exam (90%)