Help and advice

The Pouāwhina Māori provides Māori students with cultural, pastoral and academic support while at Auckland Law School.

Grace Abbott, Pouāwhina Māori

Grace Abbott

As the Pouāwhina Māori at the Faculty of Law, Grace Abbott is committed to providing support to all current Māori students pursuing law. Grace has iwi affiliations with Tūhoe and Ngāti Awa.

She graduated with her law degree in 2018 and understands the sacrifice and commitment required to pursue a degree in law while trying to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

Her main areas of interest lie in Public Law, particularly in the realm of Indigenous Law, Te Tiriti o Waitangi Law and Critical Legal Theory.

Pouāwhina Māori responsibilities

If you are a prospective student, the Pouāwhina Māori is able to offer advice about the entry requirements for LLB Part I and the relevant standards expected to progress through to LLB Part II, which is a limited entry programme.

The Pouāwhina Māori is responsible for academic and pastoral care of students, and the organisation and implementation of tutorials and wānanga for all core papers throughout the tertiary year. The focus of the tutorials and wānanga is to assist and encourage Māori students to develop and consolidate their legal academic writing and enhance academic achievement. Students are encouraged to aim for the Honours program in their Part II year of study.

As the Pouāwhina Māori, Grace Abbott works closely with Manuesina Mahina, the adviser for Pasifika students, as well as a team of highly skilled Student Academic and Support Advisers on level 2 of Building 810, the Student Law centre.

Pouāwhina Māori contact details

Grace Abbott
Building 810, Room 234
1-11 Short Street,
City Campus

Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88801

Office hours

Grace has an open door policy.