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"


    Friday, June 2, 2006



Judge Mick Brown

Judge Michael Brown is a former District Court Judge and Principal Youth Court Judge from 1980 to 1995. He was Chancellor of Auckland University from 1986 to 1991 and is currently adjunct Professor of Law at Waikato University. He has tribal affiliations with Ngati-Kahu, Te Aupori, Te Rarawa and Ngapuhi.

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Dr Richard Benton

DR RICHARD BENTON studied History at the University of Auckland and aspects of Northern Mäori tradition and political history under the guidance of some senior traditional experts before completing an MA and PhD in Linguistics at the University of Hawaii . He spent 25 years as Tumuaki (head) of the Mäori issues section of the New Zealand Council for Educational Research and wrote and lectured extensively in New Zealand and internationally on language policy, bilingual education and related matters, with a focus the status of local and international languages in education and government. He was also one of the official New Zealand representatives to the initial sessions of the Polynesian Languages Forum in NZ, Tahiti and Hawaii . More recently he has been Deputy Director of the Centre for Mäori Studies and Research of the University of Waikato , Director of the James Henare Mäori Research Centre at the University of Auckland , and, currently, Adjunct Professor with Te Mätähauariki Institute.

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Dr Alex Frame

Dr ALEX FRAME LL.D (VUW) is a barrister in Wellington . He is an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington. His biography of Sir John Salmond (1862–1924), Salmond: Southern Jurist , was published by Victoria University Press in 1995: it was awarded the E.H. McCormick Prize at the 1996 Montana Book Awards, and the J.F. Northey Prize for best legal publication in the same year. Alex is acting co-director of the Te Matahauariki Institute at Waikato University and recently completed a study of the way in which our legal system might better reflect Maori customary law : Grey and Iwikau: A Journey into Custom was published by Victoria University Press in 2002. Alex has been a teacher of public law for many years and has advised extensively on constitutional questions in the South Pacific, and on Treaty of Waitangi matters in New Zealand .

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Paul Meredith

PAUL MEREDITH is of Ngati Kaputuhi, Maniapoto and Pakeha descent. Paul has degrees in law and Maori studies and is a Research Fellow at Te Matahauariki Institute. Paul has a particular interest in historical Maori language manuscripts, letters and newspapers. He has recently completed a study of the operation of legislation in 1912 allowing the 'Europeanisation' of Maori.

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DR TUI ADAMS is a senior researcher and the kaumatua of Te Matahauariki Institute. He was a recipient of the Queen Services Medal in 2000 for services to the Maori community and in 2003 received an honorary doctorate from The University of Waikato. Tui Adams is also a kaumatua of Te Wananga o Aotearoa and runs the Te Arataki Manu Korero programme. Te Arataki Manu Korero is a series of classes to help Tainui elders better understand Tainui tikanga and history. Tui is recognised nationally for his expertise in the knowledge systems of Waikato , Maniapoto, Hauraki and Raukawa.

Robert Joseph

Robert Joseph is of Ngati Kahungungu and Ngati Raukawa descent. He holds a Masters of Laws and a doctorate from Waikato University and is currently a PhD candidate.

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Joeliee is an assistant researcher for Te Matahauariki Institute at the University of Waikato . She has recently completed her Master of Arts in Maori and also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Translation and Interpretation and a B.A. in Maori with first class honours from The University of Waikato.

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