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Pūkenga Matua | Senior Lecturer

BVA (Hons) (Dunedin), LLB (Auckland), LLM (Otago)

Whakapātanga | Contact detailsMetirai Turei 2022 image

Office 7C18 Richardson

Whakaako | Teaching

LAWS 302 Jurisprudence

Kaupapa Rangahau | Research projects

My research interests include Mātāpono Ture o te Māori/Māori legal principles, Te Mātauranga Ture o te Māori/Māori jurisprudence and Te Ariā ā-Ture o ngā Iwi Taketake/Indigenous Legal Theory. I also research visual jurisprudence and visual art. My LLM thesis was on the Visual Literacy of Māori Law.

He Whakarāpopototanga mahi | Career Summary

I built a career as a social activist, lawyer and member of the New Zealand Parliament over 20 years before moving to develop my art practice and re-engage in legal education. I was a member of the New Zealand Parliament for 15 years and Co-leader of the Green Party for 9 years. I am undertaking a MFA at Te Kura Matatini – Dunedin School of Art. My art work is in performative textiles, photography and sculpture, Indigenous Futurism and rangatiratanga.

Whakaaturanga | Presentations

  • 2021 Australasian Law Academics Association Conference 2021, Indigenising the New Zealand Law degree – findings, Christchurch.
  • 2019 Indigenous Epistemologies and Artistic Imagination, Toi Māori and the Doctrine of Discovery, Universitat de Barcelona and MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Catalonia.
  • 2019 Native American and Indigenous Studies Association 2019, research presentation, Indigenising the New Zealand Law degree (co-presenting with Jacinta Ruru, Khylee Quince and Claire Charters), University of Waikato.

Whakakitenga | Exhibitions

  • 2021 Tūruapo, The Wallace Arts Centre, Pah Homestead, Auckland
  • 2020 Hiwa i te Rangi, Olga Gallery, Dunedin
  • 2020 Whare Tangata, Vunilagi Vou, Auckland
  • 2019 Hine Titama, View from the Shore, Te Tirohanga ki te Tai, Dunedin
  • 2019 Tūruapō Astronesian 3000 series, AS Gallery, Webb Farry Law, Dunedin


Stanton Turei, M. (2023). When the very worst is seen as least worst option. Otago Daily Times, (17 November). Retrieved from Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Coates, N., Ruru, J., & Turei, M. (2023, April). Tikanga Māori and the future of the legal system. Panel discussion at the Otago Law faculty 150th Anniversary Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand. Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Ruru, J., Turei, M., Jones, C., Te Aho, L., Charters, C., Quince, K., … Pirini, M., … Gollop, M. (2021). Inspiring national indigenous legal education for Aotearoa New Zealand’s Bachelor of Laws degree: Phase two: Consultation 2021: Part 1: Survey report. Ngā Pae O Te Māramatanga. 92p. Retrieved from Commissioned Report for External Body

Pirini, M., Turei, M., Charters, C., & Te Aho, L. (2021). "Mā te ture anō te ture e aki: Only the law can be set against the law": A conversation about indigenising Aotearoa New Zealand's LLB [Roundtable]. Proceedings of the Law & Society Association of Australia & New Zealand (LSAANZ) Annual Conference: What is the Good of Law? Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Turei, M. (2020). Provocatively reasonable: Māori protest in the 1960s. In I. Chapman (Ed.), Okay, boomer: New Zealand in the swinging sixties. (pp. 21-24). Auckland, New Zealand: Bateman. [Contribution]. Chapter in Book - Research

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