Other programmes

These are some of the other initiatives we fund that support legal education and legal scholarship in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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

Promoting Māori legal scholarship among young people.


The annual Borrin Foundation-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) Summer Legal Research Internship Awards supports two Māori tertiary students to research legal issues of relevance to Māori. The purpose of the internship programme is to promote Māori legal scholarship. The internships strongly connect legal research with legal practice. Each intern is supervised by a Māori academic in the NPM network of scholars and a practising Māori lawyer.

Each internship is valued at $6500, including a stipend to the intern, plus additional funds for professional development, conference travel or other internship-related costs.

Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga manages the internship programme including calling for applications

Legal research internship recipients

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  • Benjamin Morgan (Ngāti Awa), 2021, University of Auckland, supervised by Claire Charters, Project: The Legitimacy of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Under International Law: Case Studies from the Americas
  • Evy Elliott, 2021, University of Otago, supervised by Mihiata Pirini, Project: The Treaty of Waitangi and its principles – an analysis of recent Waitangi Tribunal jurisprudence
  • Kahukiwi Piripi, 2019/2020, University of Auckland, supervised by Claire Charters, Project: Reform of law on class actions and litigation funding: identifying issues for Māori
  • Safari Hynes, 2019/2020, Victoria University of Wellington, supervised by Carwyn Jones, Project: The Developing Constitution of New Zealand; UNDRIP, the Treaty of Waitangi and Māori Law
  • Rewa Kendall, 2018/2019, University of Auckland, supervised by Andrew Erueti, Project: Implementing the UNDRIP in Aotearoa NZ


Borrin Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Supporting the sharing of legal knowledge for the benefit of both the legal profession and law students in Aotearoa New Zealand.


This award supports the six New Zealand law schools to host a distinguished international scholar every other year. 

Previously the NZ Law Foundation supported the Distinguished Visiting Fellowship.