Pūkenga Matua | Senior Lecturer
BVA (Hons) (Dunedin), LLB (Auckland), LLM (Otago)
Whakapātanga | Contact details
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
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 https://www.borrinfoundation.nz/indigenising-llb-phase2-survey-report
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 https://www.lsaanz.org
Ruru, J., Turei, M., Jones, C., Quince, K., Charters, C., Erueti, A., … Bright, R. (Eds.). (2020). Inspiring national indigenous legal education for Aotearoa New Zealand’s Bachelor of Laws degree: Phase one: Strengthening the ability for Māori law to become a firm foundational component of a legal education in Aotearoa New Zealand. Ngā Pae O Te Māramatanga, 60p. Retrieved from https://www.borrinfoundation.nz/report-inspiring-national-indigenous-legal-education-for-aotearoa-new-zealands-bachelor-of-laws-degree-phase-one