Linda Te Aho

Qualifications: LLB (Auckland) LLM (Distinction) (Waikato)

Iwi: Ngāti Koroki Kahukura , Waikato-Tainui

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About Linda

Linda is the Associate Dean Māori for the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences (Te Wānanga o Ngā Kete), and a legal academic at Te Piringa Faculty of Law.  Linda is a member of the executive board for Waikato-Tainui (Te Arataura), a board member of the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development, and a director of Tainui Group Holdings Ltd.  Linda was appointed by Waikato-Tainui as a guardian mandated under the landmark settlement for the co-management of the Waikato River ecosystem to develop the long term vision for its holistic restoration.  Linda is a board member for the Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board.

Linda was a key member of the Ngāti Koroki Kahukura Treaty Claims team and continues to provides specialist advice on Treaty of Waitangi claims and Post-Settlement Governance issues to iwi and hapū organisations. She provides expert advice on Māori legal issues in relation to lands and freshwater to Iwi leaders, to Crown agencies and government departments.


Environmental Law; Indigenous Rights; Law; Maori; Maori Culture/Tikanga; Maori History; Maori Land and Community; Maori Research; Maori Women; Treaty of Waitangi

Research Interests

  • Māori legal issues, Freshwater, Governance, Māori Land, Environmental Law, Indigenous Peoples' Rights.

Recent Publications

  • Martin, B., & Te Aho, L. (2021). Ka Māpuna, Towards a Rangatiratanga Framework for the Governance of Waterways. Hamilton, New Zealand: On-line.

  • Te Aho, L. (2019). [Review of Indigenous Peoples and the State:International Perspectives on the Treaty of Waitangi edited by Mark Hickford and Carwyn Jones]. Journal of New Zealand Studies, NS29, 112-113.

  • Te Aho, L. (2019). Conversations about Indigenous Rights: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Journal of New Zealand Studies, (NS29). doi:10.26686/jnzs.v0ins29.6277

  • Te Aho, L. (2019). Indigenous peoples and the State - International perspectives on the Treaty of Waitangi. The Journal of New Zealand Studies, (NS29). doi:10.26686/jnzs.v0ins29.6270 Open Access version:

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Papers Taught


Linda welcomes applicants for doctoral and graduate supervision for any subject within the area of Māori legal issues.