Te Kani Williams
Tūhoe, Whakatōhea, Tainui, Ngāi Tai ki Tōrere and Te Aupōuri
BA/LLB (The University of Auckland)
Te Kani Williams was admitted to the bar in February 1995,and in August 2002, became a partner in Wackrow Williams & Davies, Solicitors. In March 2009, the firm incorporated as Wackrow Williams & Davies Limited. Te Kani has a very wide sphere of practice incorporating Commercial, Civil Litigation, Family, Property and Māori Legal issues.
Te Kani has presented seminars for the Auckland District Law Society and the NZ Law Society Continuing Legal Education Department on Māori Land Titles and on the Waitangi Tribunal. He has also presented seminars at The College of Law on Māori Business matters and at Te Hunga Roia Hui a Tau [NZ Māori Law Conference] on Commercial matters and Treaty settlements.
In 2010, Te Kani was awarded the Land and Property Award at the inaugural Māori Law Awards held in Wellington. He has been appointed as an Independent Chair to facilitate and mediate disputes regarding Māori Land matters as well as in High Court proceedings on Trust and Estate disputes . He is regularly appointed by the Māori Land Court as a Mediator and Facilitator.
Te Kani has advised many Māori entities and Statutory Boards, and has worked with claimant groups in direct negotiations in the settlement of their Treaty claims. He has been instrumental in the development of Māori corporate and trust structures and in developing new and innovative redress proposals.
Te Kani has acted extensively in the Waitangi Tribunal area since 1997 to the present day including the Muriwhenua, Urewera, Central North Island, National Park, Whanganui, King Country, Te Paparahi o te Raki Historical Inquiries. He has also appeared in the Ngāti Awa, Te Arawa, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Haka Patuheuheu, Ngāti Kahu and Ngāpuhi urgency inquiries. In addition Te Kani was lead counsel for the Ngāti Kahu Remedies Inquiry which is still ongoing.
Te Kani also has an extensive background dealing in Property Law matters (both commercial and residential) having acted for a number of Commercial and Residential property Developers, also in relation to the development of a Rest Home and Retirement Village as well as matters involving Joint Venture developments between Māori entities and third party investors.
He has appeared several times on State and Māori Television as a guest/expert panelist on Māori Treaty Issues (State of the Nation/Campbell Live/ Te Kaea) speaking in both English and Māori. He has appeared regularly on Te Karere and Te Kaea speaking about Māori legal issues.