Borrin Foundation – Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Postgraduate Scholarship for Ben Morgan

Ben Morgan is one of the inaugural Borrin Foundation – Ngā Pae o te Māramantanga Postgraudate scholarship recipients. Ben is pursuing an LLM in the USA with a focus on the intersection between criminal law and policy, technology, and indigenous law.

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About Ben

Ben (Ngāti Awa, Te Patuwai) is from Motiti Island, just off the coast of Tauranga. Ben is a current law student and tutor. His motivation to pursue post-graduate study is rooted in his experiences as a Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand and former cop. At Police College, Ben was awarded the Minister’s prize for General Excellence. Ben hopes to contribute to the creation of a reimagined justice system that upholds the mana of all participants.

Ben graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Criminology in 2016 and will complete his LLB in June 2022. In 2021 he was the Co-Treasurer of Te Rākau Ture (Māori Law Students’ Association), and a mentor for Māori law students at the University of Auckland. In addition to his studies, Ben is also the Chief Operating Officer at Agreeable Ltd, which aims to make relationship property law more accessible, and is a law clerk at Britomart Chambers.

Ben has a passion for politics and justice issues and can often be found getting into debates and deep diving into current events. In his spare time, he is an avid gym-goer and recently speared his first kingfish!


What Ben is studying

Ben will begin working towards an LLM in mid-2022. Ben intends to focus on the intersection between criminal law and policy, technology, and indigenous law at a university in the US. He takes inspiration from vehicles for change such as Te Ao Marama and hopes to add his voice to the development of a mana-enhancing justice system in Aotearoa New Zealand.


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“I want to contribute towards creating a justice system in Aotearoa that is empathetic and where Te Ao Māori informs practices across all levels. I want to use my experiences to drive positive change and create a future where my whānau can trust that the justice system will treat them fairly and with respect.”

Ben Morgan