Miaana has experience in providing advice to clients on the application of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 (including the establishment and governance of Māori land trusts, succession to interests in Māori land, the rules of alienation of Māori land including the rights of first refusal to the preferred class of alienee, protection of wahi tapu sites, access to Māori land including roadways and easements, and partitioning Māori land and other title improvements) and providing general advice about Māori legal issues affecting individuals, whānau, hapu and iwi.
She is interested in a broad range of commercial matters, with a particular interest in providing governance advice to corporate and commercial clients. She is a genuine people person and brings a practical and professional approach to the law.
Outside of Govett Quilliam
Ko Taranaki, ko Te Atiawa ona iwi (Miaana is of Taranaki and Te Atiawa descent). Miaana appears in the Māori Land Court on a wide range of issues and she prides herself on finding unique culturally driven solutions tailored to her clients. She understands the importance of receiving excellent legal services from advisors who understand tikanga Māori and how it relates to client needs.
Miaana is a Trustee of the Priscilla Sandys Wunsch (PSW) Trust, a Board Member of the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce, the Te Tai Hauāuru regional co-representative for the Māori Law Society (Te Hunga Roia Māori o Aotearoa), a committee member of He Toronga Pakihi ki Taranaki (the Taranaki Māori Business Network), a Big Brother Big Sister Mentor and is involved with local sporting clubs.
Miaana loves exploring the beauty that Taranaki has to offer. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with whānau, baking, photography, playing tennis, netball and running (preferably downhill and short distances).