Grantees & Alumni

A grant-maker is only as good as its grantees. Here we showcase both the grant projects and our grantees and alumni – the Borrin ‘do-ers’. These are the people who contribute to our shared vision.

He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata!
What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people!

Inaugural grants

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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2018 Grants

Reframing crime and justice

How to talk about criminal justice reform in Aotearoa New Zealand: research and training to ensure an evidence informed public discussion

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Envisaging a solution-focused criminal justice system

Re-imagining a different future for people experiencing mental distress and/or addiction in our criminal justice system

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Creating just consumer credit law

Creating just consumer credit law for people at risk from predatory, irresponsible and high-cost lenders

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Gender in the Legal Profession

Producing a solutions-focused report capturing ideas for how to stop sexual harassment and bullying in the legal profession

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He Kōrero Taumaha Tonu: documentary storytelling

'There is a story to be told' – documentary storytelling for Moana Jackson’s research about the criminal justice system and Māori

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BWB: Kim Workman: ‘An Imperfect Justice’ New Zealand speaking tour

A nationwide tour for Sir Kim Workman to speak about his life’s work in criminal justice

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Effective and Humane: Restorative and Māori Justice Conference 2018

A cross-disciplinary dialogue exploring strategies to address the current prison crisis in New Zealand

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Alcohol and Drug Courts Conference 2019

A conference to inform and inspire the future directions of the adult Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Courts (Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua – The House that Lifts the Spirit)

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Patches behind and beyond bars

A study of the role of gangs in the imprisonment process

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Seeking Justice podcast

A pilot for a podcast series about justice for Radio New Zealand

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Inspiring new Indigenous legal education for our LLB degree

Collaborative research on making Māori law a firm foundational component of learning law in Aotearoa New Zealand

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Indigenous Rights Impact Programme

Providing law students with clinical legal education that supports transformative change in the law that addresses Māori rights

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The case for early intervention: Child offending and Family Court practices

Offending by children under 13 is linked to lifelong crime. We must better understand and prevent it. 

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Mothers Project - Who Did You Help Today

Creating informative resources to help imprisoned mothers, their families and others to understand their rights as to their children.

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Julia Whaipooti: young Māori leader in criminal justice reform

Supporting a talented Māori criminal justice reform leader to attend an Oxford conference

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Alcohol regulation and our communities

Is the regulatory regime of the 2012 Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act serving communities well?

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Prosecuting intimate partner sexual violence: reforming trial processes

Developing a better trial process for victims/survivors of partner rape by assessing current practices

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Acquaintance rape: reforming trial process

Workshops bringing together legal professionals, policy makers and community workers to discuss research on reforming trial process in adult acquaintance rape cases

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Parental alienation and best practice

Supporting the education of family law professionals about parental alienation management and best practice

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Children’s rights symposium 2019

Supporting a symposium on children’s rights in a time of legislative and policy change

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New Zealand’s Future Resource Management System: A Pathway to Reform

Designing an improved resource management system and transition pathway for implementation

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WorkBot – Additional Functionality

Making information on employment law more accessible to New Zealanders through enhancements to the WorkBot chatbot.

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2018 Shirley Smith Address: Professor Gillian Triggs “The Movement of People and Asylum Seekers in the Asia Pacific: a Rule of Law Approach”

Annual public lecture supporting women in law

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