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!
The grant provides funding for a series of wānanga, which will build a community of practice around education for constitutional transformation.
A free, online, New Zealand legal stories project accessible to the general public, through a fresh and modern multi-media approach.
Te Kura Reo o Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa is an intensive, immersion style wānanga to provide te reo Māori language training tailored to the legal profession including lawyers judges, legal academics, legal professionals and law students.
This research project is exploring alternative approaches for women imprisonment including a rigorous assessment of open prison models.
This research project will examine what type of legal assistance people need when seeking help for legal problems from Citizens Advice Bureau to inform access to justice policy and reform.
Helen Dervan is one of the inaugural Borrin Foundation Women Leaders in Law Fellows. She will be examining prudential regulation and proposed reforms to the Reserve Banks’s legislative and institutional framework as part of completing a PhD thesis on prudential regulation in Aotearoa New Zealand through Melbourne University.
Natalie Pierce is one of the inaugural Borrin Foundation Women Leaders in Law Fellows. The Fellowship is supporting Natalie to complete her Masters in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford (New College).
Sarah is one of the inaugural Borrin Foundation – Community Law Fellows. The Fellowship is supporting her to undertake a Master of Leadership for Development offered by the University of Melbourne.
Sarah is one of the inaugural Borrin Foundation – Community Law Fellows. She is exploring the intersection of immigration law and family violence in Aotearoa New Zealand. She hopes to identify current gaps in protections for migrant women and to formulate proposals for reform of immigration policy.
Digby is one of the inaugural Borrin Foundation – Community Law Fellows. He is examining the current situation of prisoner pay rates in Aotearoa New Zealand compared to jurisdictions overseas, to explore the feasibility of increasing prisoner pay rates.
Supporting Ronji Tanielu to explore innovative and effective models, programmes and organisations working to improve access to justice and legal supports in different parts of the world.
Supporting Myra to participate in online professional development courses through the Advance HE Senior Fellowship programme and the Harvard University Women in Education Leadership programme.
Supporting Anna to attend an online professional development course on mindfulness awareness from UCLA to further explore the use of mindfulness in the legal profession.
Supporting Marozane to attend the International Academy of Law and Mental Health Conference in 2022 in Lyon, France.
This research project will analyse and discuss a principled framework for reform of how the criminal justice system in Aotearoa New Zealand deals with young adults (aged 18 to mid-twenties).
Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa hosts an annual hui-ā-tau. The theme for the 2021 hui-ā-tau is Māori Lawyers as Agents of Mana-Based Change. The conference will explore how lawyers can contribute to social justice by pursuing change grounded in mana and tino rangatiratanga.
The International Association of Women Judges biennial conference brings together the judiciary and others working in law to cultivate a global network, create opportunities for judicial exchange, pioneer judicial education programmes and eliminate gender bias from judicial systems. In 2021, the NZ Association of Women Judges is hosting the biennial conference.
To support real time updating of legal information and the digital communications strategy for the ‘Live Law Manual’ bespoke content management platform, a digitally interactive version of the Community Law Manual.
Borrin Foundation Justice Fellow Jennifer Braithwaite: Access to Justice for Children and Young People in Aotearoa New Zealand
Jennifer Braithwaite is the inaugural Borrin Foundation Justice Fellow. She will be exploring children and young people’s access to justice in Aotearoa with a focus on identifying the barriers children and young people experience through mixed-methods research including interviews with key stakeholders and focus groups with children and young people.
This project will explore the experiences of Pacific peoples in the criminal justice system and identify solutions to address the specific challenges for New Zealand’s Pacific peoples in Aotearoa. It will be done in two stages. The first is a literature review of the extant research with the second phase involving community wide talanoa across Aotearoa.
The Constitutional Kōrero conference will bring together legal and academic experts with Māori leaders and the wider public to explore legal options for constitutional transformation in Aotearoa New Zealand grounded in Indigenous rights and the models proposed by Matike Mai Aotearoa.
Equality, Belonging and Authority / Power – How can Law, Policy and Practice support best outcomes for Pasifika in Aotearoa New Zealand – Improving Pasifika Legal Education
The project seeks to bring together academics, students, graduates, legal practitioners, and policy makers from across the country to take coordinated action to identify the barriers to Pasifika in law schools and recommend interventions for change.
For 2020, we have co-funded several grants with the New Zealand Law Foundation focused on housing law and policy, legal conceptions of dignity and mana, forensic science in criminal courts and modern slavery legislation.
Strengthening the ability for Māori law to become a firm foundational component of legal education in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Rapid development and launch of digital information to provide plain English information on legal rights during COVID-19
Developing digital content to educate and support Iwi and Māori social service providers and legal practitioners to support whanau working with Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children and the Family Court.
A nationwide survey of public attitudes and values about entitlements to a person’s property after they die.
How to talk about criminal justice reform in Aotearoa New Zealand: research and training to ensure an evidence informed public discussion.
Re-imagining a different future for people experiencing mental distress and/or addiction in our criminal justice system.
Creating just consumer credit law for people at risk from predatory, irresponsible and high-cost lenders
Producing a solutions-focused report capturing ideas for how to stop sexual harassment and bullying in the legal profession
‘There is a story to be told’ – documentary storytelling for Moana Jackson’s research about the criminal justice system and Māori.
A nationwide tour for Sir Kim Workman to speak about his life’s work in criminal justice.
A cross-disciplinary dialogue exploring strategies to address the current prison crisis in New Zealand.
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)
A study of the role of gangs in the imprisonment process.
A pilot for a podcast series about justice for Radio New Zealand.
Collaborative research on making Māori law a firm foundational component of learning law in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Providing law students with clinical legal education that supports transformative change in the law that addresses Māori rights .
Offending by children under 13 is linked to lifelong crime. We must better understand and prevent it.
Creating informative resources to help imprisoned mothers, their families and others to understand their rights as to their children.
Supporting a talented Māori criminal justice reform leader to attend an Oxford conference.
Is the regulatory regime of the 2012 Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act serving communities well?
Developing a better trial process for victims/survivors of partner rape by assessing current practices.
Workshops bringing together legal professionals, policy makers and community workers to discuss research on reforming trial process in adult acquaintance rape cases.
Supporting a symposium on children’s rights in a time of legislative and policy change.
Designing an improved resource management system and transition pathway for implementation.
Making information on employment law more accessible to New Zealanders through enhancements to the WorkBot chatbot.
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.
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.
Making plain-English legal information about renting, working and prisons more accessible through artificial intelligence chatbots.
A socio-legal research project about how separating couples divide their property and what New Zealanders see as fair when couples separate.
A kaupapa Māori conference about transformative change in the criminal justice system.
Promoting Māori legal scholarship among young people.