Liana Poutu

Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Maniapoto

Liana Poutu is one of our five negotiators and pouwhakarae/chairperson of Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa (the post-settlement governance entity for Te Atiawa).

Her extensive legal and advisory experience in Treaty of Waitangi claims and negotiations make her an ideal fit in our negotiations team.

Born, raised and schooled in Taranaki, Liana is passionate about using her skills and experience to contribute to the development and protection of our people and our taonga.

While an apology is a formal acknowledgement of the Crown breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi, in my view, the redress to assist in reconnecting uri to our tupuna is more important than an apology itself,” she says.

Liana practiced law for a number of years with both a corporate law firm and boutique Māori law firm in Wellington. She specialised in Māori land, Treaty of Waitangi and Māori governance advising iwi across the country on Treaty claims and negotiations, before returning home to get involved in marae, hapū and iwi mahi and to assist with treaty settlement negotiations in Taranaki.

“Taranaki and the other peaks are our tupuna. If we are committed to protecting and caring for them as we would our own whanau, then engagement in this process is vital. Your input, views and aspirations for our tupuna are important and we want to hear from you.

“Ko Taranaki, ko Pouākai, ko Kaitake Te Puna i heke mai ai te tangata, ko rātou tō mātou okiokinga, ko mātou tō rātou okiokinga.”