Natalie Coates

Tumuaki | Partner
Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Tūhourangi, Tūhoe, Te Whānau a Apanui
LLM - Harvard University
LLB (Hons), BA (Hons) – University of Otago
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Natalie joined KĀHUI LEGAL in July 2014.  Prior to joining Kāhui Legal Natalie worked for an iwi organisation, two of New Zealand’s large national law firms, an international human rights organisation and the Auckland University Faculty of Law.

Natalie holds honours degrees in Law and Arts (Māori Studies) from the University of Otago.  In 2011 Natalie received the Fulbright Nga Pae o te Māramatanga graduate award, the New Zealand Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Scholarship and a Ngārimu VC and 28th (Maori) Battalion Memorial Masters Scholarship. These awards allowed Natalie to obtain a LLM (Masters of Law) from Harvard University.  After completing her masters Natalie returned to New Zealand where she worked as a Law Lecturer at the University of Auckland for two years teaching undergraduate courses at all levels.

At KĀHUI LEGAL, Natalie provides advice to clients on public law, commercial matters, the law relating to trusts, Maori land law and Maori, human and indigenous rights. Natalie has assisted on litigation matters ranging from the Maori Land Court through to the Supreme Court.

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Areas of expertise

  • Public law and administrative law
  • Trusts law, including Maori land trusts, post-settlement governance entities and charitable trusts
  • Litigation
  • Companies and corporate, including corporate governance
  • Maori, human and indigenous rights
  • Maori land law