High Court Justice Joe Williams

  1. 1.Original Māori law centered upon a concept known as whakawhanaungatanga, which is about relationships with family: the importance of whakawhanaungatanga has been lost in time but is still vital to Māori well being. (Te Riorito 2017)
  2. A Māori without whakawhanungatanga is like an American capitalist without a dollar. (Te Riorito 2017)
  3. Don’t just be a good Māori. Be a good Māori and a good lawyer. NZ Law Society 06 October 2011.
  4. The trick to leadership is knowing where you want to go. No matter what your leadership journey there will be storms.  (Personal correspondence Koukourarata July 2017)
  5. We can imagine the pathway once we can imagine the destination. (Personal correspondence Koukourarata July 2017)
  6. Maori don’t see the destination, we just manage the squall on the way. (Personal correspondence Koukourarata July 2017)
  7. Don’t get caught up in daily squalls. That is management, not leadership. (Personal correspondence Koukourarata July 2017)
  8. The only Maori I saw in the High Court as a Judge were the ones I sent to jail. All their names were butchered as were their lives. It was like watching a slow action train wreck. (Personal correspondence Koukourarata July 2017)
  9. If you don’t take the people with you, the people will walk. (Personal correspondence Koukourarata July 2017)
  10. Took the Kupe out of Maori and put the Cook into them. (Colonisation). (Personal correspondence Koukourarata July 2017)
  11. The 20th Century becomes “if you cant beat em join em”. (Personal correspondence Koukourarata July 2017)
  12. Are post treaty settlement iwi corporates new expressions of rangatiratanga or just Cook’s managed funds for Maori? (Personal correspondence Koukourarata July 2017)
  13. Are our persistent social and economic deficits solvable or ‘the normal’ to be managed. (Personal correspondence Koukourarata July 2017)
  14. Its my generation who failed to have the vision to have a capital values system. It is up to the younger generation to be creative. (Personal correspondence Koukourarata July 2017)
  15. No one from the iwi comes to the Family Court when a child (one of the 3000 of 5000 children are about to be removed from the family) to say stop, we have the solution.  (Personal correspondence Koukourarata July 2017)
  16. A Healthy Iwi is good for the state. (Personal correspondence Koukourarata July 2017)
  17. Iwi don’t realise the muscle they have. (Personal correspondence Koukourarata July 2017)
  18. Prisons take traumatised people and make them more traumatised. (Personal correspondence Koukourarata July 2017)
  19. Iwi are frustratingly conservative. (Personal correspondence Koukourarata July 2017)
  20. Iwi must not become the state, the moment they do iwi will become the problem. (Personal correspondence Koukourarata July 2017)