LAWCOMM 437 - Iwi Corporate Governance

Credit points: 15 points
Offered: Summer School (commencing Tues 14 Jan and ending Thur 13 Feb 2020)
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.

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 issues with the remaining half focusing on charitable/taxation aspects.

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


1000 word reflection piece (20%)

Multiple-choice quiz (10%)

Final exam (70%)