Public Lecture by Justice Christian Whata

Justice Christian Whata"The I, the Kua and the Ka of biculturalism and the law "

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Time: 6.00pm, pre-lecture drinks from 5.30pm

Venue: Pre-lecture drinks: N.1.03, Law Building; 

Lecture: Executive Rooms, MSB.1.37, Management Building.

Please RSVP to for catering purposes by 19 April 2017.

The Honourable Justice Christian Whata will be on campus in late April to give a public lecture about the past, present and future of a bicultural common law in New Zealand. This is the second public lecture in the series celebrating 25th Anniversary of Te Piringa - Faculty of Law. Justice Whata dedicated this lecture to biculturalism as it is one of the three founding principles of the Waikato’s Te Piringa – Faculty of Law.

He will canvass what has recently been described as “brutal” statistics of over-representation of Māori in the criminal justice system and whether they give rise to a distinctly Māori issue. He will also discuss recent developments in the common law affecting Māori, including the Supreme Court judgments of Takamore and, most recently, Wakatu.

Justice Whata has extensive experience as a litigation lawyer. He specialised in resource management law and Māori issues, and he’s been a High Court Judge since 2011.