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Mihiata Pirini

Mihiata Pirini 2020 imageBA/LLB (Hons) (Wellington), LLM (Otago)

Ko Tongariro te maunga, Ko Taupō te moana, Ko Ngāti Tūwharetoa te iwi,
Ko Mākeo te maunga, Ko Waiaua te awa, Ko Whakatōhea te iwi.

I joined the Law Faculty in July 2020. My research interests are in public and administrative law, and specifically in the Treaty of Waitangi’s influence on public decision-making and the relationship between tikanga and state law. I’m also focused on the emerging field of legal design. My LLM thesis, completed in 2020, examines the accessibility of the Māori Land Court through a legal design and Kaupapa Māori research and theoretical framework. I have a Level 6 Diploma in te reo Māori from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

From 2011 to 2019 I was in legal research and advice roles in the public sector, first at the Law Commission and then in Crown Law’s Treaty of Waitangi team. In my new academic role I strive to maintain strong links with the public sector. I was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the New Zealand High Court in 2010.

In 2021 I will be teaching into the case analysis section of LAWS 101 The Legal System.

Contact

Office 8th Floor – 8N5
Email mihiata.pirini@otago.ac.nz

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Publications

Hook, M., Warnock, C., Allan, B., & Pirini, M. (2021). Tort to the environment: A stretch too far or a simple step forward? Smith v Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd and Others [2020] NZHC 419. Journal of Environmental Law. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/jel/eqaa032

Toy-Cronin, B., Pirini, M., Turner, D., & Duncan, D. (2020). An evaluation of legal information chatbots: Useability, utility, and accuracy. Commissioned by Citizen AI, Community Law Wellington & Community Law Centres O Aotearoa. 58p.

Pirini, M. R. (2020). The Māori land court: Exploring the space between law, design, and Kaupapa Māori (LLM). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/10253

Angelo, T., & Pirini, M. (2019). Getting lost in translation: Four terms of interest in the civil code of Seychelles. In A. H. Angelo & J. Corrin (Eds.), Small states: A collection of essays. (pp. 213-226). Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Association of Comparative Law.

Pirini, M., & Yarwood, L. (2017). Taylor v Attorney-General. In E. McDonald, R. Powell, M. Stephens & R. Hunter (Eds.), Feminist judgments of Aotearoa New Zealand: Te Rino: A two-stranded rope. (pp. 62-71). Oxford, UK: Hart Publishing.

Commissioned Report for External Body

Toy-Cronin, B., Pirini, M., Turner, D., & Duncan, D. (2020). An evaluation of legal information chatbots: Useability, utility, and accuracy. Commissioned by Citizen AI, Community Law Wellington & Community Law Centres O Aotearoa. 58p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Angelo, T., & Pirini, M. (2019). Getting lost in translation: Four terms of interest in the civil code of Seychelles. In A. H. Angelo & J. Corrin (Eds.), Small states: A collection of essays. (pp. 213-226). Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Association of Comparative Law.

Pirini, M., & Yarwood, L. (2017). Taylor v Attorney-General. In E. McDonald, R. Powell, M. Stephens & R. Hunter (Eds.), Feminist judgments of Aotearoa New Zealand: Te Rino: A two-stranded rope. (pp. 62-71). Oxford, UK: Hart Publishing.

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Journal - Research Article

Hook, M., Warnock, C., Allan, B., & Pirini, M. (2021). Tort to the environment: A stretch too far or a simple step forward? Smith v Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd and Others [2020] NZHC 419. Journal of Environmental Law. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/jel/eqaa032

Pirini, M. (2010). The citizen and administrative justice: Reforming complaint management in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Public & International Law, 8, 239-265.

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Journal - Research Other

Pirini, M., & Peacey, A. (2014). Pecuniary penalties. New Zealand Law Journal, 11, 438-440.

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Awarded Masters Degree

Pirini, M. R. (2020). The Māori land court: Exploring the space between law, design, and Kaupapa Māori (LLM). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/10253

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