Dr Valmaine Toki
Associate Professor in Law
Qualifications: BA LLB (Hons) MBA LLM PhD
Iwi: Ngati Wai, Ngapuhi, Ngati Whatua
Dr Valmaine Toki is an Associate Professor of Law, Faculty Chair and Director of the Maori and Indigenous Governance Centre at Te Piringa, Faculty of Law, University of Waikato. Valmaine, is of Ngapuhi Ngati Wai Ngat Whatua descent, and the first Maori and first New Zealander appointed as an Expert Member on the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Before joining Te Piringa, Valmaine taught at the Faculty of Law, University of Auckland. As a He Ture Pumau scholar Valmaine previously worked for Te Ohu Kai Moana Trustee Ltd on Māori fisheries, aquaculture and asset allocation. During this time Valmaine completed an MBA from the Australian Maritime College at the University of Tasmania. Valmaine is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and has assisted in cases to the Māori Land Court, the Environment Court, and the High Court. Her book entitled "Indigenous courts, self determination and criminal justice" will be released this summer and focuses on her recent research within the area of recognition and implementation of Indigenous rights.
Papers I Teach
- Human and Indigenous Rights
- Therapeutic Jurisprudence
- Resource Management
Valmaine has recently undertaken research into therapeutic jurisprudence as a vehicle to implement indigenous legal systems/tikanga Māori to reduce the disproportionate number of Māori criminal offenders. This envisages a specialist indigenous court that embraces Māori customs, ethics, values, and norms.
Toki, V. (2017). Tikanga Maori - a traditional knowledge system. In N. P. Stoianoff (Ed.), Indigenous Knowledge Forum – Comparative Systems for Recognising and Protecting Indigenous Knowledge and Culture (pp. 457-483). Australia: LexisNexis.
Toki, V. (2017). The fragile rights of the Pacific indigenous peoples. New Zealand Law Journal, 9, 338-342.
Toki, V. (2017). Maori seeking self-determination or Tino Rangatiratanga? A note. Journal of Maori and Indigenous Issues, 5, 134-144.
Toki, V. (2017). Legal responses to mental health: Is therapeutic jurisprudence the answer – the experience in New Zealand. Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, 10, 1-18. Open Access version: hdl:10289/11281
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