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Horiana Irwin-Easthope

Managing Director

Whāia Legal

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New Zealand

Horiana Irwin-Easthope

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Horiana Irwin-Easthope (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu and Rakaipaaka) is a critical legal thinker with a reputation for hard work. She pushes the status quo to affect change within, and outside of, the legal system to recognise the unique place of whānau, hapū and iwi within Aotearoa. Horiana consistently strives to provide quality legal and strategic advice, tailored to achieve desired outcomes for her clients. Prior to founding Whāia Legal, a kaupapa Māori law firm, Horiana worked at a large National law firm and a boutique Māori law firm in New Zealand.  Horiana specialises in public, constitutional and environmental law.  She has particular expertise in collaborating with local and central government in partnership with whānau, hapū and iwi on environmental law reform and projects.  This includes acting on one of two non-Treaty settlement joint management agreements in New Zealand between the Gisborne District Council and Te Runanganui o Ngāti Porou under the Resource Management Act 1991.       Horiana has a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), a Bachelor of Arts in Māori Resource Management (BA) and a Masters of Law from Harvard Law School (LL.M 2014).  Horiana and Scott (Hāmoa  / Samoa) are parents to Rōpata Te Kauru-o-Te-Rangi Easthope.