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
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
the culture of collegial scholarship already established in
the Institute, which is a vital part of Te Matahauariki’s
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
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