Iwi: Ngāti Hako, Tainui, Ngāti Porou
Edmond worked at the National Office of the Department of Corrections, in providing Tikanga cultural expertise to impact therapeutic programme delivery, facilitator training and quality checks. One major highlight involved contributing towards a new programme to assist Rangatahi Māori out of a trajectory towards custody. Following this, Edmond assisted as a Crown Prosecutor for the Auckland Crown Solicitor's Office, with some emphasis on Intimate Partner Violence, Family Violence and work with therapeutic courts, especially the Youth Court. One highlight of Edmond’s role at the Auckland Crown Solicitor's Office involved co-leading a novel Tikanga Māori Criminal Mediation, which introduced a new Crown alternative to standard criminal proceedings.
While prosecuting in Auckland, he also helped lead the "Te Kuhunga" pilot programme, which creates a pathway for students from low decile high schools to pursue a career in law through mentoring and providing substantial scholarship money. Edmond is deeply committed to indigenising the current law curriculum in Aotearoa, and has suggested adding new Tikanga components to various law papers based on new and ongoing research undertaken by himself and others in the area of Māori legal method.
Edmond is fluent in te reo Māori, and brings an interpretation of Ako Pedagogy to his lecturing, including perhaps his favourite teaching tool: storytelling.
Edmond has extensive connections with Māori and Pacific communities and also the legal profession. He is frequently interviewed and invited to contribute to various law publications, having demonstrated a commitment to both research impact and far-reaching community engagement. He is currently working on a project addressing racism that will be used in the training for duty lawyers and court staff, in Auckland. He is also frequently consulted on aspects of Tikanga and Te Reo Māori.
Edmond was recently appointed as a Legal Member to the National Ethics Advisory Committee, for a three year statutory term. This committee provides advice to the Minister of Health on ethical issues of national significance in respect of any health and disability matters (including research and health services).
Edmond is formerly an Executive member of Te Whakahiapo, The Māori Law Students' Association at Waikato University. Outside of work, Edmond enjoys lifting weights at the gym, bodyweight calisthenics and spending time with whānau.
Edmond welcomes applicants for supervision on any subject within the areas of Māori Legal Issues, Legal Method and Tikanga Māori.
Māori Legal Method and Tikanga Māori.
Law; Maori Culture/Tikanga; Te Reo (Maori Language)