Winning Māori mooter
20 September 2012
National Kaupapa Māori Moot Competition winner: Haimona Te Nahu was the only competitor to deliver his whole argument in Te Reo Māori.
Waikato law student, Haimona Te Nahu has won this year’s National Kaupapa Māori Moot Competition.
The moot competitions give Māori law students an opportunity to research and present legal argument relevant to contemporary Māori legal jurisprudence in a situation that approximates a court hearing.
Recent events an inspiration
Inspired by recent events in Te Whānau a Apanui and Taranaki, the topic this year involved students arguing for and against an application for judicial review of a decision by the Minister of Energy to grant an offshore petroleum exploration permit to a multinational energy company.
Students from the law faculties at Auckland, Canterbury, Victoria and Waikato appeared before a judging panel comprising Judges Craig Coxhead and Denise Clark, together with Professor Robert Williams Jnr from USA.
Most outstanding mooter
Haimona was the only student in the competition to deliver his entire argument, including responses to the robust questioning process, in Te Reo Māori. He takes home the Gina Rudland Cup for most outstanding mooter and the Manukura award for the best team. His fellow team member was Tama Toki, a student at Auckland University and son of Waikato University Senior Law Lecturer, Valmaine Toki.
The national moot competition was sponsored this year by law firm Russell McVeagh and organised by Linda Te Aho from Waikato University, who is the academic representative on the executive committee of Te Hunga Roia – The Maori Law Society.
First World Indigenous Lawyers' Conference
The competition was incorporated into the programme of the first World Indigenous Lawyers’ Conference, held at the University of Waikato and which also doubled as the annual conference of Te Hunga Roia Māori.