Linda Te Aho

Associate Dean Maori for the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences; Associate Professor

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

Iwi: Ngāti Koroki Kahukura , Waikato-Tainui


About Linda

Linda is the Associate Dean Māori at Te Piringa Faculty of Law, University of Waikato, and is the editor of the Waikato Law Review.   Linda is a member of the executive board for Waikato-Tainui (Te Arataura) and is a director of Tainui Group Holdings.  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

Recent Publications

  • Te Aho, L. (2019). Governance of water based on responsible use – an elegant solution?‎. In B. Martin, L. Te Aho, & M. Humphries-Kil (Eds.), Responsability, Law and Governance for Living Well with the Earth ‎ (pp. 143-161). London and New York‎: ‎Routledge.

  • Te Aho, L. (2018). La gouvernance des rivières en Nouvelle-Zélande : une solution élégante ?. In Revue Juridique de l’Environnement (pp. 103-120). Société Francaise pour le Droit de ‎l’Environnement.

  • Te Aho, L. (2018). [Review of Feminist Judgments of Aotearoa New Zealand – Te Rino: A Two-Standed Rope by editors Elisabeth McDonald, Rhonda Powell, Māmari Stephens, Rosemary Hunter]. Māori Law Rview, December 2018, 38-40.

  • Te Aho, L. (2018). Te Mana o te Wai: An indigenous perspective on rivers and river management. River Research and Applications, 7 pages. doi:10.1002/rra.3365

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Papers Taught


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

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