Borrin Grants for Legal Projects
Learn more about the projects we have funded through our grant-making.
Ivor Richardson Lecture
The lecture honours the extraordinary contributions Sir Ivor Richardson made to New Zealand jurisprudence and the teaching of law.About the project The focus of the Ivor Richardson lecture is to be “Private Law in Action”, with the speaker drawn from leading New...
Post-Separation Parent-Child Virtual Contact: Opportunities and Challenges
The first phase of a proposed three-phase socio-legal project investigating indirect parent-child contact via electronic means (virtual contact) after parental separation. About the project Virtual contact refers to post-separation indirect contact between a parent...
Establishing the Centre for Justice Innovation
The Centre for Justice Innovation is being established to provide an independent, evidence-based voice on justice issues, through multidisciplinary research, evaluation, and education. About the project With an emphasis on translation to operations and practice, the...
Folau He Vahanoa Legal Education Programme
The Folau He Vahanoa Legal Education programme will educate and empower those organisations and individuals engaged directly with Pacific families who are navigating legal issues. Folau He Vahanoa will play an important role in ensuring that the voices of Pacific...
Islands and Ocean: Public Law in a Plural World
“Islands and Ocean: Public Law in a Plural World”, 9th Annual Conference of the International Society of Public Law (ICON•S) hosted by the New Zealand Centre for Public Law at the Faculty of Law of Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington.About the project...
Understanding the experiences of ethnic women interacting with the justice system for family or sexual violence
This research seeks to provide a dedicated appraisal of the ways in which migrant women reporting violence experience New Zealand's court processes, with special reference to the Family Court as the key point of engagement with court systems after violence.About the...
Introduction to Relationship Property Law Advocacy and Practice
A two-day education seminar to be delivered in November 2023 aimed at enhancing access to legal representation for separated people who have assets of modest value and are in need of assistance to divide those assets at the end of their relationship.About the project...
Rationality and Dignity in Sentencing in Aotearoa New Zealand
An investigation of an evidence-based approach to sentencing, supporting judges to make decisions that are rational and thereby promote the dignity of those involved in the criminal justice system. About the project The Sentencing Act 2002 provides a framework for...
Content regulation and disinformation in New Zealand
Brainbox is conducting legal research to investigate how disinformation can be approached as a policy problem without undermining human rights principles. About the project Currently, a number of jurisdictions around the world - including New Zealand - view...
Climate Change Literacy Within The New Zealand Law Curriculum
This project considers how climate change literacy could be incorporated into core legal subjects taught in New Zealand Law Schools. About the project This project considers how climate change literacy could be incorporated into core legal subjects taught in New...
Netsafe’s Chatbot “Kora” cares 24/7 about your online experiences and keeping safe online
Netsafe.org.nz’s chatbot pilot will try to answer more New Zealander’s questions about online safety and triage enquiries from our website into our complaint pathways and into other legal processes. About the project Kora is Netsafe’s first chatbot produced with...
Series of 6 Research Highlights: Relationship Property Division in New Zealand
A six-part series of Research Highlights that draw on key findings from a socio-legal research project aimed at assisting separated people to divide their property following the end of a relationship in New Zealand. About the project This research project was...
Educating for Change Together in the Legal Profession
Using curated content from an April 2022 online wānanga targeted at low decile high school students potentially interested in law, this project will produce an engaging, long-lasting and easily accessible video series to educate and inspire more diverse peoples to...
Ensuring the Reliability of Forensic Science in New Zealand Criminal Courts
This project will evaluate the state of forensic-science evidence in New Zealand criminal courts to ascertain whether the Evidence Act 2006 is sufficient to ensure the validity and reliability of scientific evidence used in criminal trials in New Zealand.About the...
‘Forced marriages’ in Aotearoa New Zealand: An Empirical Study
This study will explore the incidence of forced marriage in Aotearoa New Zealand and examine how provisions under law can be strengthened to better address the issue and enhance support for those affected by it.About the project This project investigates the issue of...
Reform of the Oceans Management System: A Pathway for Reform (phase 2)
The project will develop a preferred model for reforming Aotearoa New Zealand’s oceans management system and set out a pathway for transitioning to the reformed model. About the project This is phase 2 of EDS’s oceans management system reform project. It follows on...
Te Rauhī i te Tikanga– A Tikanga Companion
This project is the first stage in designing a rich digital resource, a ‘companion’, to assist those in the learning, teaching and practice of law in Aotearoa New Zealand to understand how tikanga Māori operate as legal norms for Māori communities, and how those norms...
Rainbow Rights Conference
Te Kāhui Tika Tangata, the New Zealand Human Rights Commission is hosting a conference for Rainbow and Takatāpui communities on Rainbow rights in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Towards Transformative Restorative Justice for Pacific peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand
This project will explore how restorative justice initiatives, including Family Group Conferences (FGCs), can be strengthened and improved for Pacific peoples who are disproportionately convicted of criminal offences and imprisoned in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Fairness and Transparency in Emerging Health Markets: Protecting New Zealanders from the Risks of Personal Genomics
This legal research will explore the legal and policy implications of Consumer Data Rights in the context of genetic testing services, identifying policy recommendations and educational resources for the wider public.About the project The market for DNA tests poses...
Assessing the social value and social return on investment impact of the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court │ Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua
The project will evaluate the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court (AODT) / Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua impact to develop an understanding of the social value and social return on investment created by the Court’s interventions.
Te Kaunoti Hikahika: Towards an inclusive legal pedagogy for Aotearoa New Zealand
The grant provides funding for a series of wānanga, which will build a community of practice around education for constitutional transformation.
Ngā Pūrākau Ture o Aotearoa: Stories of Law in Aotearoa
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 2021
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.
Transforming women’s imprisonment in Aotearoa by proposing an open prison model
This research project is exploring alternative approaches for women imprisonment including a rigorous assessment of open prison models.
Legal needs analysis using data from Citizens Advice Bureau
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.
Young Adults in the Criminal Justice System – A Principled Framework for Reform
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’s 2021 hui-ā-tau: Māori Lawyers as Agents of Mana-Based Change
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.
IAWJ’s 15th International Biennial Conference: “Celebrating Diversity”
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.
Live Law Manual
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.
Pasifika and the Criminal Justice System in Aotearoa, New Zealand: Past, Present and Future
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: Indigenous Futures and New Zealand’s Constitution
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.
Grants co-funded with the NZ Law Foundation in 2020
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.
Inspiring national Indigenous Legal Education for Aotearoa New Zealand’s LLB degree: Phase Two
Strengthening the ability for Māori law to become a firm foundational component of legal education in Aotearoa New Zealand.
COVID-19 and the Law digital resource
Rapid development and launch of digital information to provide plain English information on legal rights during COVID-19
Access to Justice for Whānau, Hapū, Iwi
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.
Public Values and Attitudes about Entitlements to a Deceased’s Property
A nationwide survey of public attitudes and values about entitlements to a person’s property after they die.
2019 Grant Summary
A summary of the grants we awarded in 2019 including grants that were co-funded with the New Zealand Law Foundation.
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.
He Ture Kia Tika: Let the Law be Right (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.
Creating just consumer credit law
Creating just consumer credit law for people at risk from predatory, irresponsible and high-cost lenders
Gender in the Legal Profession
Producing a solutions-focused report capturing ideas for how to stop sexual harassment and bullying in the legal profession
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.
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.
Effective and Humane: Restorative and Māori Justice Conference 2018
A cross-disciplinary dialogue exploring strategies to address the current prison crisis in New Zealand.
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)
Patches behind and beyond bars
A study of the role of gangs in the imprisonment process.
Seeking Justice podcast
A pilot for a podcast series about justice for Radio New Zealand.
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.
Indigenous Rights Impact Programme
Providing law students with clinical legal education that supports transformative change in the law that addresses Māori rights .
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.
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.
Travel and Learning Award for Julia Whaipooti
Supporting a talented Māori criminal justice reform leader to attend an Oxford conference.
Alcohol regulation and our communities
Is the regulatory regime of the 2012 Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act serving communities well?
Prosecuting intimate partner sexual violence: reforming trial processes
Developing a better trial process for victims/survivors of partner rape by assessing current practices.
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.
Children’s rights symposium 2019
Supporting a symposium on children’s rights in a time of legislative and policy change.
New Zealand’s Future Resource Management System: A Pathway to Reform
Designing an improved resource management system and transition pathway for implementation.
WorkBot – Additional Functionality
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.
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.
Access to justice through digital innovation
Making plain-English legal information about renting, working and prisons more accessible through artificial intelligence chatbots.
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.
Whiti Te Rā 2018
A kaupapa Māori conference about transformative change in the criminal justice system.
Borrin Foundation – Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga summer legal research internships
Promoting Māori legal scholarship among young people.