Roimata Smail — Director
Bachelor of Laws, University of Auckland
Bachelor of Arts, University of Auckland
M: 021 061 7085
Ko Ngāti Maniapoto, Tainui, Ngāti Kōtirana, Ngāti Ingarani ngā iwi
Ko Roimata Smail ahau
Roimata works with iwi, hapū and whanau and in relation to all Māori legal issues and is also trained mediator.
She has worked with groups throughout all stages of Treaty of Waitangi settlement negotiations, from mandating and preparing to commence negotiations through to receipt of settlement assets. As part of the negotiations process Roimata has assisted groups to establish governance arrangements and to communicate effectively to constituents on the settlement process. She has also worked with Post Settlement Governance Entities after settlement in the implementation and planning phase including to provide advice on compliance.
Roimata acted in the only joint Foreshore and Seabed and historical Treaty settlement negotiations and made submissions on behalf of clients throughout the development of the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act. She is regularly asked to advise clients on legal and policy development that may affect them. She has appeared in the Civil Courts, Waitangi Tribunal, Māori Land Court and in Select Committee hearings.
Roimata enjoys developing strategy collaboratively with clients. She is always working towards making her advice more user friendly for clients so they feel confident they have all the information they need to make decisions. She also enjoys helping clients communicate with their constituents, making complex legal issues digestible.
She considers it a privilege to work with inspiring leaders with energy and vision and travel to some of the most beautiful parts of this country.
As a lawyer Roimata has worked throughout her career in alternative dispute resolution, primarily advising clients negotiating Treaty Settlement packages and all issues related to them. She has facilitated numerous hui a iwi and helps governors reach decisions. Working as a lawyer has helped Roimata to understand the value of productive negotiations and what makes them successful. She is committed to being a mediative influence in difficult disputes.
When not working Roimata loves spending time with her young family, going to the beach and enjoying music.