Maori @ Te Piringa - Faculty of Law

Te Piringa Faculty of Law remains committed to its founding bicultural mission which encompasses bilingual and bijural education, weaving tikanga and understandings of Te Tiriti o Waitangi through all levels of the curriculum.

Part of the Faculty's commitment to Māori and to biculturalism is to provide Māori students with a supportive environment conducive to a fulfilling learning experience. Māori law students obtain their place at Waikato based on our assessment of their academic preparedness for the LLB programme. We do not have an admissions quota system.  Yet, approximately thirty per cent of the students enrolled in the Faculty are Māori. This means that no Māori student need feel isolated in our Faculty.  The LLB programme is demanding and Te Piringa Faculty of Law provides formal and informal support systems for all students, some of which are designed specifically to assist our Māori students. Te Piringa has been instrumental in encouraging students to use te reo Māori in assessment, paving the way for the University, and other law faculties to follow suit.   The Faculty has also promoted te reo Māori mooting and alternative dispute resolution skills.

Our commitment to embracing tikanga Māori and understandings of Te Tiriti o Waitangi is demonstrated not only through the education of individual students, but also by the establishment of the Faculty as a resource for the community. In her time, Te Arikinui, Dame Te Atairangikaahu, made a generous donation to the University’s Law Library to assist in the acquisition of a collection of books and materials on Māori and indigenous issues for the benefit of all staff and students. We have established a Māori and Indigenous Governance Centre that focuses on research issues concerning Māori and Indigenous Peoples’ governance, rights and responsibilities.

Māori laws, perspectives, concepts and traditions form an integral part of several of our compulsory papers, in particular: LEGAL106 Legal Systems and Societies, LEGAL203 Jurisprudence, LEGAL201 Public Law, LEGAL301 Crimes, LEGAL306 Dispute Resolution, LEGAL305 Corporate Entities, LEGAL307 Land Law, LEGAL308 Equity, LEGAL103 Legal Method 1 and LEGAL104 Legal Method 2.  Legal Method also offers a stream or tutorial intended for Māori students who feel more comfortable in a predominantly Māori learning environment."  A number of Law 4 optional papers focus on Māori law and issues or on comparative indigenous experiences with the law.

LEGAL405  - The Treaty of Waitangi in Contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand
LEGAL406  - Maori Land Law

LEGAL413 – Ngā Tikanga Māori

LEGAL414   – Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

LEGAL403 – Water Law

The Masters programme also has papers devoted to Māori and Indigenous Law.

LEGAL525 - Contemporary and International Indigenous Issues

LEGAL569 - International Law - A place for Indigenous Rights

LEGAL551 – Reconciliation, Justice, and Indigeneity

Māori Staff

The Faculty has full-time Māori academic and administrative staff, and the advice and support of Rahui Papa, the Faculty's Pou Tikanga.

Kaitakawaenga Māori (Māori Liaison Coordinator)

The Kaitakawaenga (Māori Liaison Coordinator) within the Faculty, Liana Kaiwai, coordinates study groups, additional tutorial assistance and the Māori Mentoring Programme

Māori Mentoring Programme

As part of the University’s commitment to the Treaty of Waitangia, the Māori Mentoring Programme is a service provided for Māori students here at Te Piringa - Faculty of Law, and is operated on the principles of aroha, manaakitanga and whanaungatanga.

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