Employment Law Bulletin Complimentary Article

12 Apr 2021 3:32 am

Justice Joseph Williams, in his seminal paper, “Lex Aotearoa: An Heroic Attempt to Map the Māori Dimension in Modern New Zealand Law”, describes New Zealand law in a third stage of evolution.

In this article, authors Ani Bennett (Ngā ti Ranginui, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui), Barrister and Director, Bennett Employment Law Ltd (Waiariki (Bay of Plenty)) and Shelley Kopu (Te Atiawa), Rōia and Director, Shelley Kopu Law (Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland)) explore ways employers and employees can apply an enriched perspective of good faith in creative ways consistent with Tikanga Māori.

Employment law is primarily focused on the employment relationship and the rights and duties that flow from that relationship. Tikanga Māori recognises that respect for relationships is a core value when exercising legal authority.

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