I am a Barrister specialising in public law, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Māori legal issues.


I have a particular interest in Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Waitangi Tribunal and issues relating to te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Crown/Māori relationship.

My experience includes representing and advising clients on matters relating to te Tiriti o Waitangi, including the settlement of historical Treaty claims against the Crown, and acting for clients with claims in the Waitangi Tribunal and in other proceedings. I aim to provide clients with a unique service that is tailored to their needs and solutions-focussed.


Degrees: BA/LLB
Admission to High Court: 2007


Email: matewai@kokirichambers.nz
Mobile: 027 290 8085

Areas of practice

Māori law, Public law, Te Tiriti – Treaty of Waitangi 

Iwi affiliation

Muaūpoko, Te Ātihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Taranaki Tūturu me Ngāti Kahungunu

Languages spoken

Māori (intermediate); English