Nga Pae o te Maramatanga
Jacinta Ruru (Raukawa, Ngati Ranginui, Pakeha) is Professor of Law at the University of Otago, Co-Director of Nga Pae o te Maramatanga New Zealand’s Centre of Maori Research Excellence and a fellow of the Royal Society Te Aparangi. Jacinta holds a PhD from the University of Victoria, Canada. She is editor of Resource Management Journal, Resource Management Theory & Practice, and consultative editor for Maori Law Review. Jacinta’s research explores Indigenous Peoples’ legal interests to own, manage and govern land and water. She has published widely including as co-author of Discovering Indigenous Lands (Oxford University Press, 2010).
New Foundations? Cementing in a Place for Maori Law in Resource Management
Aotearoa New Zealand’s Parliament has a long history of grappling with, and sometimes accommodating, Maori law. Historically, Maori law was recognised by government and the courts as existing but not desirable. Today there is now a stronger recognition of Maori law throughout our state legal system including in the Resource Management Act 1991. This talk reflects on the journey towards reconciliation and restitution in Aotearoa New Zealand, considering specifically how and where Māori law is entwined within our state legal system and how Maori law itself is founding law in this country. Specific focus will be on how Maori law, including terms such as kaitiakitanga, taonga, tikanga and waahi tapu are understood within resource management practice and further opportunities to more holistically envisage a firmer foundation for these, our first, laws.
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