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If our Courts don’t get the point of a mihi, then will they get what is really being said in arguments over mana whenua or tangihanga practices? Or, why appearances in Te Reo are more than a question of linguistic choice.

Last week there was a bit of media reporting around a High Court hearing and the use of Te Reo Māori.

Overlapping claims in Treaty settlements have been before the Supreme Court and raised on Parliament’s lawn this week. Here’s a quick explainer as to why these can be such difficult issues. 

This week has seen the issue of how to manage overlapping claims in the negotiation of Treaty of Waitangi settlements came before the Supreme Court and led to protests on Parliament grounds.

Existing legal and institutional concepts do not serve Māori organisations well. What needs to change?

Once again the issue of accountability within Māori organizations is back in the news following some examples of dodgy behavior.

There'll be a lot of silliness before National's foreshore and seabed law gets passed. Here's my contribution.

I've largely been absent from the blogosphere for a couple of weeks - go on, did you notice? - due to a combination of actually having to do some work and moving house (with concomitant, albeit temporary, loss of broadband access).

But something has happened that so enrages me that I cannot allow it to pass by in silence. So I'm back.