New Partnership promotes Māori legal scholarship
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The inaugural Borrin Foundation - Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) Summer Legal Research Internship awards were announced
at the Supreme Court in Wellington, at yesterday’s launch event for the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation. These
internships enable two Māori tertiary students to research legal issues of relevance to Māori.
The purpose of this new internship programme is to promote Māori legal scholarship and it is intended to strongly
connect legal research with legal practice. Each intern is supervised by a Māori academic from within NPM’s network of
scholars as well as a practicing Māori lawyer from Te Hunga Roia Māori o Aotearoa (the Māori Law Society).
The internships are valued at $6500 each, which includes a $5500 stipend plus $1000 for professional development,
conference travel, or other internship-related costs.
The inaugural 2017-2018 Borrin Foundation - Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga interns are;
• Te Puea Matoe (Te Roroa) LLB student at Auckland University of Technology
• Natanahira Herewini (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kahu, Ngai Takoto, Ngāti Kurī, Ngāpuhi, Te Aupouri) LLB/BA student from
the University of Auckland.
Te Puea is supervised by Khylee Quince (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou) Associate Head of School at AUT Law School, and is
researching the provision of cultural information in the sentencing process, and how this can fit within sentencing
principles and practices. Her research includes a comparative analysis of law and practice in New Zealand, Australia and
Natanahira is supervised by Dr Fleur Te Aho (Ngāti Mutunga ki Taranaki) from the University of Auckland and is
researching how and why Māori mothers are over-represented among parents charged and convicted of negligent parenting
practices in Aotearoa. Her research focus is on Māori understandings of who raises children (and how) within
communities, and the findings will contribute to a mātauranga Māori-centred critique of the prosecutions and
convictions. Natanahira is also mentored by Kingi Snelgar (Ngāpuhi, Te Whakatohea, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāi Tahu), a criminal
NPM Co-Director Professor Jacinta Ruru from the University of Otago commented that NPM is “incredibly excited to be
partnering with the Borrin Foundation to create a new and prestigious ongoing opportunity to positively increase
relevant Māori legal scholarship for the benefit of Aotearoa New Zealand.”
The Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation Grants and Scholarships Committee Chairperson David Goddard QC commented that
“the Borrin Foundation is delighted to be collaborating with Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga on these internships for young and
talented Māori law students, who will go on to contribute to our shared vision for the country.”
The inaugural interns will be completing their summer projects and submitting their reports over the next two months.