SDG #16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Leading provider of law education in NZ with firm commitment to biculturalism

Working with NZ Police to provide evidential basis to help decision making

Uniquely connected to our communities and decision-making bodies to maximise impact

Over the last 30 years we have helped over 4000 law students to graduate and enter the legal profession with the knowledge needed to address the unique challenges facing New Zealand.  Many of these former students now occupy some of the loftiest roles in our justice system.  We are proud to have played a pioneering role in weaving Māori perspectives through our mainstream legal programme to ensure all of our students understand our bicultural context and can affect meaningful change.  We are also proud of our work with NZ Police, providing a robust research basis to inform the way they go about their work. We are enormously proud of the myriad other ways our people are influencing decision makers and helping to build a fairer, more peaceful world.  Sometimes this takes the form of formal advisory groups and joint partnerships but often it is simply through being a passionate and vocal proponent of their research.

A few things we are especially proud of

Te Puna Haumara - the New Zealand Institute for Crime Science - which aims to reduce crime and increase security through multi-disciplinary, evidence-based research.

Our Transport Research group working with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency on a range of projects related to road safety.

Te Rōpū Manukura which is made up of members from over 20 different iwi (tribes) and is an established committee of the University Council.

Professor Ian Hawes who sits on the Science and Technical Advisory Group for the Ministry for the Environment, overseeing scientific evidence for freshwater policy development


Our pioneering Faculty of Law

Te Piringa Faculty of Law was founded in 1991 with a firm commitment to biculturalism and was the first in the country to introduce Māori perspectives into its mainstream legal programmes.  Its name, Te Piringa, translates as the coming together of peoples and cultures. Over the past three decades, it has become known as one of New Zealand’s leading law schools with a reputation as a pioneer in dispute resolution. With Professor Alpana Roy as Dean, the Faculty is now leading not only in Māori and Indigenous law, but in environmental law, international law, public law, and law and technology.

Kyla Campbell

Honoring the student voice

The Waikato Students' Union (WSU) is the voice of our student body and is governed by a group of 12 democratically elected students who listen, speak and act passionately on behalf of students. The WSU President also sits on the University Council where they represent all students at the University.  The University Council is responsible for governance of the University, providing strategic direction and major decision-making.

Pictured is current WSU President, Kyla Campbell-Kamariera.


Working side-by-side with our communities 

We engage with stakeholders in our communities every day in myriad ways.  We know these relationships are critical for maintaining a two-way flow of knowledge and insights and ensuring our research has maximum impact.  Our engagement objectives are set out in our overarching ‎University Strategy 2017-2021.

Tahu Kukutai

Guiding our government on protecting Indigenous data 

Professor Tahu Kukutai is a member of the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor Forum where she lends her expertise in Māori demography and Indigenous data sovereignty. She was also a member of the 2018 Census External Data Quality Panel which ran from 2018 to 2020 to provide independent advice to the Government Statistician about various issues with the 2018 Census data including data issues that may affect the usefulness of the data for Maori and iwi (tribes) as partners to the Treaty of Waitangi.

Andy Coster

Supporting NZ Police through evidence-based research

We work closely with NZ Police through the Evidence-Based Policing Centre, a joint partnership that is dedicated to multi-disciplinary research about crime. The Centre was the first of its type in the world when it first launched in 2017,  targeting problems, testing solutions in live environments and tracking results to ensure the best outcomes for our communities.