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Our People



Ngati Whakaue / Te Arawa / Ngati Kahungunu

Prue is the Principal of Tamatekapua Law and grew up in Rotorua, graduating from the University of Auckland in 1982 with a BA/LL.B.  From 1988, she acted as an advisor (primarily involving Treaty issues and resource management) for Sir Geoffrey Palmer, the then Minister of Justice and Deputy Prime Minister.

Prue’s practice predominantly involves Maori Land Law and Tiriti o Waitangi, Resource Management, Family and Medico legal issues.  She has extensive resource management litigation experience, from Hearing Committees to the Court of Appeal, including consent and planning issues. 

Prue is one of only four External Specialist Advisers to the Legal Services Agency in respect of Waitangi Tribunal claims, and has acted for claimants in the Urewera, Gisborne and Wairarapa inquiries.  She is currently representing claimants in Te Paparahi o te Raki Inquiry.  She also advised the Waitangi Tribunal on resource management issues in the Whanganui River claim. 

Prue was a member of the Refugee Status Appeals Authority, Deputy Chair of the Medical Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal and a director of First Health NZ Ltd (a Southern Cross NZ Ltd subsidiary).  In 2000 the Minister of Health appointed her to represent the interests of Maori women in the Gisborne Cervical Cancer Inquiry.  She also advised the Ministry of Health on its Treaty policy in respect of a national screening programme.  She is a member of the Ministry of Health’s National Kaitiaki Group and is chair of the Compliance Panel of International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk substitutes in New Zealand.

Prue is a director on Te Wai Maori Trustee Ltd - the freshwater fisheries arm of Te Ohu Kaimoana (Maori Fisheries Trust).

Prue is committed to Maori Legal issues and providing accessible, effective and friendly service to her clients. She enjoys being able to provide practical solutions that meet her clients’ needs.  On the home front Prue gains great fulfilment out of viewing and collecting pieces of Art particularly from Maori and New Zealand Artists.


Ngapuhi / Te Rarawa / Te Aupouri

Kelly grew up in Northland and completed her LLB in 2003 and Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Studies and Education at the University of Auckland in 1999. 

Kelly was admitted to the bar in 2003 and was promoted to Associate in 2007.  Her interests within law are Resource Management, Treaty of Waitangi Litigation and General Civil Litigation.

Kelly has appeared in the Environment Court on Appeal cases, in the High Court on judicial review proceedings, in the District Court on commercial summary judgment proceedings, in the Employment Relations Authority and in the Waitangi Tribunal on behalf of various Treaty of Waitangi claimants.

Kelly has represented claimants before the Waitangi Tribunal in the Central North Island inquiry and currently represents claimants in the Taihape, Rohe Potae and Te Paparahi o te Raki inquiries.

Her interests outside of work include fishing, gardening and spending time with friends and family honing her “wine tasting” skills.




Ngati Paoa

Alisha grew up in Ruakaka and is currently in her second year of study at the University of Auckland undertaking a BA / LLB.  She works part-time at Tamatekapua Law doing research and general administration.

Alisha is the first friendly face you will meet on your arrival at Tamatekapua Law.  Despite her busy schedule, Alisha enjoys spending time at the beach with friends and family.




Dale has been a part of the team at Tamatekapua Law since it was first established in 2001 as Accounts Manager.  Dale is the first port of call for any accounts and administration enquiries and plays a key role in ensuring this business is successful.

Amongst the various other roles Dale has outside of Tamatekapua Law, she enjoys a spot of gardening or heading out with friends for dinner before an evening of dancing.