Toitū te Whenua, Toitū te Mana
In her recent Inaugural Professorial Lecture, NPM Co-Director and Otago University Law Professor Jacinta Ruru anchored her research journey within the above Māori proverb to help bring alive the endurance and 'foreverness' of the Māori world in Aotearoa.
Jacinta outlines the ways in which she has sought to contribute towards challenging the law to more respectfully recognise and embrace Indigenous peoples’ authority, laws, values, rights and responsibilities to own, govern and manage land and water. Jacinta is NZ's first Māori Professor of Law.
Earlier in the year NPM Researcher and Dean of Te Tumu, Professor Poia Rewi also conducted his IPL at the University of Otago. View here.