Te Matahauariki Research Institute


"The overall aim of this research is to explore ways in which the legal system of Aotearoa/New Zealand can evolve so as to accommodate the best of the values and concepts of both major components of its society"

 

    Wednesday, June 7, 2006
 
About Te Matahauariki

Te Matahauariki Research Project

The overall aim of this research is to explore ways in which the legal system of Aotearoa/New Zealand can evolve so as to accommodate the best of the values and concepts of both major components of its society, and to generate a discourse through publications, seminars, and intercourse with key institutions, which proposes a cohesive jurisprudence and offers models for its practical application to selected areas of our legal system.


This research will be conducted by Te Matahauariki Institute with involvement of Maori, Pakeha, and other New Zealand scholars, continuing the culture of collegial scholarship already established in the Institute, which is a vital part of Te Matahauariki’s method and message. The results of the research undertaken will be disseminated in a wide variety of ways: through multidimensional consultation with interested parties; working papers; publications; seminars; presentations; the worldwide web; print and broadcast media.



Te Matahauariki places a strong emphasis on delivering research outcomes for Maori. The inclusion of Tui Adams, a Tainui Kaumatua, as a senior member of the Team has meant that a traditional Maori perspective has always been influential in the Programme. Six of the nine present members in the research team being Maori, Te Matahauariki will continue to network with various Maori organisations, Whanau, Hapu and Iwi, so ensuring that there will be meaningful Maori involvement in the research process.


The research team will include several Mäori graduate students who are gaining valuable experience through mentoring by senior members of the research team, and also through the contacts they will have with the Advisory Panel, comprising eminent jurists, public officials, academics and community members.
Te Matapunenga will by definition have strong links with Maori end users, through its multidimensional consultation process. It will provide inter alia a deeply researched document on Maori customary law.




 

  

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