Indigenous Peoples: social and economic development

Themes: Capacity Development | Economic Growth| Environmental Sustainability| Gender Equity| Governance | Private Sector Development | Social Development

Guinness Gallagher's specialist legal, commercial, property investment and indigenous peoples’ experts worked with New Zealand government officials and ministers to negotiate the first ever indigenous peoples’ settlement to recompense a group of indigenous peoples for the illegal confiscation of land and other property by previous governments and other wrongs wrought on the indigenous people as a result of European settlement.

While in no way coming close to the economic loss suffered, the historic settlement was able to close a door on the past and lay the groundwork for a future partnership between the indigenous peoples and the government and provide a source of empowerment to the indigenous people in a contemporary political climate.

Our team of experts developed the public policy options and commercial models to negotiate a social and commercial settlement with the indigenous people for the first ever, historic indigenous peoples’ settlement, which provided the template for future settlements with other indigenous groups across New Zealand.

Other work undertaken included identifying land and commercial assets available for the $200 million settlement in order to ensure the long term economic sustainability of any agreement.

The work undertaken by Guinness Gallagher provided a replicable model for future political settlements with indigenous people who had been alienated from their land and resources by prior government policies and actions.

The themes and sectors covered by this project were as follows: -

Theme Sub-Theme
Capacity Development - Client relations, network and partnership development
Economic Growth - Developing rural areas
  - Developing urban areas
  - Promoting economic efficiency and enabling business environment
Environmental Sustainability - Natural resource conservation
Gender Equity - Gender equity in (economic) opportunities
  - Gender equity in empowerment and rights
Governance - Civil society
Private Sector Development - Policy reforms
  - Private sector investment
  - Privatization
  - Public Private Partnerships
Social Development - Indigenous people
Sector Sub-Sector
Agriculture, natural resources, rural development - Agriculture policy, institutional and capacity development
  - Fishery
  - Forestry
  - Land-based natural resource management
Finance - Financial sector development
  - Inclusive finance
  - Infrastructure finance and investment funds
Industry and Trade - Small and medium enterprise development
Public Sector Management - Decentralization
  - Social protection initiatives