Research

Matthew Punch

Matthew Punch from the NLC will offer insights into how the negotiation process managed to stay sober and what is being done to ensure the process moving forward remains so for all parties. Matt would like to offer real time thoughts on an actual work in process that has been far from perfect, but at present is about as good as it gets, and thoughts on how to keep it that way.

Matthew Punch is a Legal Advisor at the Northern Land Council in Darwin. Before going to the NLC, Matthew was a 2010/11 Rio Tinto-FaHCSIA NTRB Scholar at the University of Dundee, where he completed a Masters in Law (Mineral Land and Policy) and an internship at Rio Tinto’s London legal department. Matthew has also worked as a lawyer at NTSCorp in Sydney, and at Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) based in Geraldton.

Rhonda Jacobsen

Rhonda Jacobsen has over 15 years experience working in Native Title Representative Bodies and Service Providers. She has been with North Queensland Land Council (NQLC) since 2008 and is currently the Manager of its Engagement and Development Support Team with comprises NQLC's PBC Support Unit and Future Act Mining and Exploration Unit.

Huia Woods-Smith

Huia Woods-Smith is of Ngati Awa and Tapuika descent. She has published research papers in Aotearoa/New Zealand on Maori and mMining focusing on the petroleum industry and agreements between the state and indigenous peoples.

In her previous life Mrs Woods‑Smith practised general commercial law, worked as a consultant for the New Zealand Department of Maori Economic Development (Te Puni Kokiri), lectured in law at the University of Waikato and published on mining and Maori. She started working for the Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation after walking into the Karratha office in November 2010. Mrs Woods-Smith is currently the claim lawyer for two native title claim groups in the Yamatji region.

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