Thought leadership: Influencing public discourse
Our people are very active - in Aotearoa New Zealand and globally - providing thought leadership in academic, legal, governmental and public domains to enhance understanding of Indigenous peoples’ rights in law, theory and practice.
We frequently contribute to seminars, panels, conferences and deliver keynotes in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally, including at leading universities and the United Nations.
At home, in addition to our wānanga, we host public lectures including our Nin Tomas Memorial Lecture of Indigenous Peoples and the Law, panel discussions, seminars and, of course, nationally significant conferences such as the Constitutional Kōrero.
Centre members regularly speak on a range of pressing issues relevant to Māori and Indigenous peoples’ rights, from constitutional transformation, to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the abuse of tamariki Māori in state care and criminal justice in relation to Māori.
For example, Centre members have participated in numerous online fora to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Māori and Indigenous peoples, including: jointly hosting with Victoria University’s Māori Law Review an Indigenous Peoples and COVID-19: Issues of Law and Justice series; participating in Auckland Law School’s Law and COVID-19 webinar series; and contributing to ICON-S AUS-NZ’s TransTasman Reflections on COVID-19 and Public Law webinar. Dr Claire Charters acted as co-Chair of the Human Rights Commission’s Kaiwhakatara Accountability Advisory Group advising on the impact of COVID-19 on human rights and Te Tiriti and provided public comment on the relevance of Te Tiriti in responses to COVID-19.
Examples of media appearances.
|26 Nov 2022||What might NZ constitution based on the treaty look like?||RNZ|
|25 Nov 2022||Māori academics compare notes on constitution change||Māori Radio Station|
|17 Oct 2022||Legal academic to discuss constitution’s fragile foundations||UoA|
|10 Oct 2022||Te Ao with Moana, Series 4 Episode 30||Whakaata Māori|
|24 Aug 2022||Facing fears and refocusing on rangatiratanga Māori||UoA|
|13 Jul 2022||Time to hit pause on flawed Oranga Tamariki Bill||UoA|
|13 Jul 2022||Call To Hit Pause On Controversial Bill||Scoop|
|14 Jul 2022||Taihoa call on Oranga Tamariki Bill||Waatea News|
|15 Jul 2022||The promise of a Māori-led transformation of Oranga Tamariki is lacking in new bill||NZ Herald|
|13 Jul 2022||Māori law academics call taihoa on flawed Oranga Tamariki legislation||NZ Herald|
|Jun 2022||Time to Taihoa - Report on the Government’s Oranga Tamariki Oversight Bill||UoA|
|15 Jul 2021||What is He Puapua?||RNZ|
|15 Jul 2021||The contentious He Puapua plan explained||Stuff|