Te Whainga i te Tika Award for Social Justice

Established in 2022 to honour the work of Professor Jane Kelsey on her retirement from Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland

Applicable study: Undergraduate or postgraduate study
Closing date:
Friday 23 September 2023
Tenure: 
One year
Number on offer:
One
Offer rate: 
Annually
Value: $2,500 

Description

The Award was established in 2022 to honour the social justice research, teaching and activism of Professor Jane Kelsey on her retirement from Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland, and is funded by donations from a range of donors. The main purpose of the Award is to recognise outstanding contribution to social justice in Aotearoa New Zealand or internationally.

Selection process

  • Application is made to the Faculty of Law
  • A Selection Committee assesses the applications
  • Short-listed applicants may be required to attend an interview
  • The Award is made by the Faculty of Law on the recommendation of the Selection Committee

Regulations

  1. The Award will be known as the Te Whainga I te Tika Award for Social Justice.
  2. One Award will be made annually and will be of the value of $2,500.
  3. The award can be made to an individual or group:
    1.  For individual awards: the individual must have been enrolled as a student at Waipapa  Taumata Rau | University of Auckland in the calendar year of the award
    2.  For groups: a majority of the group must have been enrolled as students at Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland in the calendar year of the award and the other members of the group must have at some stage been students at Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland.
  4. The award will be given to the group or individual making an outstanding contribution to social justice in Aotearoa New Zealand or internationally.
  5. The basis of selection will be the quality of personal statements outlining the applicant’s understanding/vision of social justice (200 words), and how their work/projects have contributed and made a difference to their conception of social justice (500 words). Applications must include details of the work or project, including any website and/or social media details, and the name and contact details of two referees. The Selection Committee reserves the right to hold interviews with short-listed applicants.
  6. The Award will be made by the Faculty of Law on the recommendation of a Selection Committee comprising an academic staff member from the Faculty of Law who is engaged in social justice and who will act as Chair; an academic staff member from another faculty at Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland who is engaged in social justice; and a nominee of Ngāti Whatua. An additional two committee members representing different communities affected by social justice issues may be included at the discretion of the Selection Committee after consultation with Jane Kelsey (or someone nominated by Jane (and that person’s nominee in succession)). The academic staff members on the committee will initially be appointed by the committee who established the award (Julia Tolmie, Hanna Wilberg, An Hertogen and Anna Hood) in consultation with Jane Kelsey. After the initial year, the Chair will be responsible for filling any vacant positions on the Selection Committee in consultation with Jane Kelsey (or someone nominated by Jane (and that person’s nominee in succession)), and in the event the Chair is not in a position to make appointments, the responsibility will fall to the remaining two committee members in consultation with Jane Kelsey (or someone nominated by Jane (and that person’s nominee in succession)).
  7. The Award will be paid in one instalment on award before the end of the second semester each year.
  8. The Faculty of Law is not obliged to make an award if it is determined there is no candidate that meets the criteria and/or no candidate of sufficient merit.
  9. The Faculty of Law, in consultation with Jane Kelsey, can amend or vary these regulations provided that there is no departure from the main purpose of the Award.