We support legal research, education and scholarship that contributes to our vision for Aotearoa New Zealand

We believe law is essential to a flourishing society – one that is just, inclusive, tolerant and free. Our vision is of an Aotearoa New Zealand where everyone understands the role and value of the law, and everyone enjoys the protection and opportunity that it provides.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) 2018

In March and April, we called for ideas for work that could make a difference to the lives of New Zealanders, through the law. Thank you to everyone who shared their ideas with us. Watch this space for more information about the outcomes of the EOI Round.

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About us

The Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation is a gift from the Borrin family to New Zealand. We're here to make a difference to the lives of New Zealanders, through the law. The Grants and Scholarships Committee leads the Foundation's philanthropic activities.

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Grant funding

Our vision lies at the heart of our grant-making. We do a mix of both ‘proactive grant-making’ and openly solicited grant applications. Learn more about how we fund, eligibility, guiding principles for our decision-making, and our terms and conditions.

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Research & Resources

Knowledge is power. It is also the only resource that increases with use. We're committed to sharing as widely as possible the research and results from our grantees' work. We'll also share what we're learning about philanthropy and effective grant-making.

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2018 inaugural grant projects

He Whaipaanga Hou – A New Approach 2018

Completion of a comprehensive research project about the criminal justice system and Māori, 30 years on from the original landmark report, including a comparative study of other criminal justice systems and other indigenous peoples.

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Access to justice through digital innovation

Making plain-English legal information about renting, working and prisons more accessible through artificial intelligence chatbots.

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Relationship property division research

A socio-legal research project about how separating couples divide their property and what New Zealanders see as fair when couples separate.

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Whiti Te Rā 2018

A kaupapa Māori conference about transformative change in the criminal justice system.

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Borrin Foundation - Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga summer legal research internships

Promoting Māori legal scholarship among young people.

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