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Hari huritau ki Te Roopu Whai Putake 21

Friday 22nd - Saturday 23rd HERE-TURI-KŌKĀ AUGUST 2014

10th floor Richardson Building, Faculty of Law, Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo University of Otago, Ōtepoti Dunedin

Marking the 21st birthday of Te Roopu Whai Pūtake (the Maori Law Students' Association)

Thank you everyone for joining the Faculty of Law to mark the 21st birthday of Te Roopu Whai Pūtake and to celebrate the careers of our Otago Māori Law Alumni.


Read the programme (PDF, 72KB)


The Jolene Patuawa-Tuilave Maori Leadership in Law Scholarship was launched at this reunion. This scholarship has been established at the University of Otago in conjunction with Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua and Jolene's whanau, as a legacy to Jolene and to inspire young Māori law students to follow their dreams.

Please note that substantial funds are still required to ensure the sustainability of this scholarship. Please donate generously via the University of Otago Alumni Office.

Apply for the Jolene Patuawa-Tuilave Maori Leadership in Law Scholarship

The Birthday Book

We wish to create a treasured booklet that profiles all of our Otago Maori Law Alumni. Please email us your current contact details so we can liaise with you about this.


If you have not yet registered as an alumni of the University of Otago, please do so via the University of Otago Alumni Office.

More information

Faculty of Law, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin
Facebook: trwp21
Tel: 03 4798979

Organising Committee

  • Professor Mark Henaghan, Dean, Faculty of Law
  • Nicola Wheen, Faculty of Law
  • Theresa Forbes, Faculty of Law (event administrator)
  • Associate Professor Jacinta Ruru, Faculty of Law (event coordinator)
  • Adam Tapsell, tumuaki Te Roopu Whai Putake
  • Yasmin Olsen, executive member Te Roopu Whai Putake
  • Desiree Williams, Ngai Tahu Maori Law Centre
  • Haines Ellison, Ngai Tahu Maori Law Centre
  • Elisabeth Lukeman, ALUMNI Office

Event Photos


Past and current tumuaki of te roopu Whai Putake present at the celebrations

Bottom row (left to right): Kristen Maynard 1993/1994, Renata Davis 2012, Adam Tapsell 2014, Robyn Meehan 2002, Rachel Hall 2000/2001

Top row (left to right): Paula Wilson 1998, Stacey O'Neill 2010, Carey Manuel 2008, Maia Wikaira 2009


Judge Sarah Reeves of the Maori Land Court and presiding officer of the Waitangi Tribunal speaking with Maori Law Alumni and current students at the Friday night dinner. (Carey Manuel, Stacey O'Neil and Kiri Harmer)


Some of the attendees on the Friday afternoon in the Moot Court


Current Te Roopu Whai Putake selling the specially designed Te Roopu Whai Putake t-shirts for the TRWP21st celebrations as a fundraiser


Kristen Maynard (first tumuaki in 1993/1994) and Adam Tapsell (current tumuaki 2014) cutting the birthday cake


Chief Judge Wilson Isaac and Chairperson of the Waitangi Tribunal - one of Otago's first Maori LLB graduates, Warren Alcock - The first recorded Maori to graduate with LLB(hons) at Otago, now one of NZ's leading sports lawyers (, Dr Claire Charters - the second recorded Maori to graduate with LLB(hons) at Otago (and has gone on to do a LLM at NYU and a PhD at Cambridge, now senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Uni of Auckland).

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