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MP lauds all-Maori firm

SIMON MAUDE
Last updated 05:00 17/06/2014
Maori Lawyers
Simon Maude

BEST PRACTICE: Anthony Ruakere, Dr Pita Sharples, Dave Kapa, Michael Taia. 

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A unique Auckland  law firm is at the forefront of a second Maori renaissance, says a Government minister.

Maori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples attended the opening of Enterprise Law's all-Maori practice on Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna.

Moving past the Treaty of Waitangi settlement phase, iwi are presented with exciting economic opportunities but should tread carefully and seek expert help, Sharples says.

Senior associate Dave Kapa, a former head boy of Takapuna Grammar School, says their practice is, "committed at the next step to progressing Maori".

"We believe the best way to further the Maori economy is by capitalising on innovation, we believe Maori innovators - our clients, are strong and are sustainable."

Law Society communications manager Geoff Adlam, says the firm's seven-strong, all-Maori make-up is likely to be unique.

According to the 2006 census, 6 per cent of lawyers are Maori despite Maori making-up 15 per cent of the population.

Kapa, of Ngapuhi and Te Aupouri descent, who was born and bred in Devonport, says the firm performs day-to-day legal work but has set its sights on specialist areas of sports, entertainment and trade management.

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