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Coral Panoho-Navaja


LLB BA Double Major in Māori and Political Studies
Ngāti Hako, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngai Tahu

Coral has enjoyed an exciting legal career commencing as a law clerk with Wackrow Williams & Davies in 2013 and coming up through the ranks she has fast developed a well-rounded legal practice.  


Her work ethic is second to none and her commitment to the firm and the firm’s clients is reflected in the fact that Coral has been able to step up into the role of Director quicker than most.

She is proud to be working under the new name of Wackrow Panoho & Associates celebrating the firm's proud history and looking forward to new beginnings. Coral is a problem solver at heart and strives to empower her clients to achieve the outcomes they are seeking.  Coral puts people at the heart of her practice which enables her to understand her clients’ needs and put in place practical steps to address them.  Coral is an excellent communicator and is detail oriented, keeping clients informed and protected.

Coral’s areas of practice are broad which enables her to assist clients with a range of different legal matters and offer tailored advice.  In her private practice Coral has assisted individuals, families, small businesses, iwi, hapū and whānau with buying and selling houses, leases, unit titles, subdivisions, cross-leases, buying off the plans, refinancing arrangements, covenants and easements; creation of trusts, companies and incorporations, transferring assets to entities, drafting shareholders agreements and constitutional documents;  reviewing contracts; employment related matters, estate administration and succession; drafting and advising on relationship property agreements.

Coral’s civil litigation experience has also resulted in appearances in a number of different Courts and Tribunals including the Tenancy Tribunal, Waitangi Tribunal, Māori Land Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Particular career highlights for Coral have been successfully representing a North Eastern Bay of Plenty hapū to obtain Customary Marine Title in the first ever case to be prosecuted under the Marine & Coastal Area Act 2011; and successfully defending an Appeal in the Court of Appeal on matters involving co-ownership of Māori land and equitable duties.

In her spare time Coral volunteers as a Board member on both the Youth Law and Netball Manurewa Boards.  Coral also enjoys travelling to different places and experiencing different cultures which has helped shaped her open-minded outlook on the world.  Most importantly, she enjoys spending as much time as she can with her whānau and puppies, Kiwa and Tama.


I orea te tuatara ka puta ki waho – A problem is solved by continuing to find solutions


Māori Legal

Waitangi Tribunal & Māori Land Court

Marine & Coastal Area Act

Civil Litigation

Dispute Resolution

Property (incl. Residential and Commercial

Asset Protection and Management

Trusts and Incorporations

Wills and Estates

Business and Employment

Relationship Property

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