Research & Publications
Knowledge is power. It is also the only resource that increases with use. We want to see the work we fund used by as many people as possible. Here we share the research and results from our grantees’ work, so that you can use it. All work is licensed under a Creative Commons license because we believe that when we share, everybody wins.
Inspiring National Indigenous Legal Education for Aotearoa New Zealand’s Bachelor of Laws Degree Phase One: Strengthening the Ability for Māori Law to Become a Firm Foundational Component of a Legal Education in Aotearoa New Zealand
This is the final report from the first stage of a national, multi-year project led by 16 Māori legal researchers associated with Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence. The project and the report explore systemic change in the legal studies curriculum at Aotearoa New Zealand universities as an important step towards integrating Māori law into Aotearoa New Zealand’s legal system.
Working Towards a Fairer Consumer Credit Market, A study of the issues in New Zealand’s consumer credit market and proposals for reform – Interest rate caps
This research paper was produced as part of the larger Creating just consumer credit law project looking into issues that arise out from high cost lending in New Zealand. Academics Victoria Stace from Victoria University of Wellington and Professor Jeremy Finn from the University of Canterbury produced a report on the debate around interest rate caps in New Zealand.
Also see the previous research report, Survey of financial mentoring and budgeting services in Aotearoa on high cost loans, debt collection and other consumer credit issues (2018).
Relationship Property Division in New Zealand: Public Attitudes and Values
An interdisciplinary research team, led by Otago University, set out to find what views New Zealanders held on the division of relationship property on separation. This socio-legal research has helped to inform the work of the Law Commission, in its review of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (PRA).
Evaluation of the Special Circumstances Court (SCC)
The evaluation of the Special Circumstances Court explored the key elements of the SCC, the differences it is making and potential opportunities to strengthen the court. Established in March 2012 by then-District Court Judge, Justice Susan Thomas, the Court of Special Circumstances operates on a model similar to that of Te Kooti o Timatanga Hou/The Court of New Beginnings in Auckland. The Court deals with homeless offenders, with court processes taking a non-adversarial, coordinated, inter-agency approach to addressing the causes of both the offending and homelessness. Malatest International received a grant to conduct the evaluation.
Cultural information in the sentencing process (s27 Sentencing Act 2002)
This work focusses on the provision of cultural information in the sentencing process. This includes the use of speakers and reports (pursuant to s27 of the Sentencing Act 2002), and how this can fit within sentencing principles and practices.
This work was completed by Te Puea Matoe (Te Roroa) of AUT, under Khylee Quince’s supervision. Te Puea received a Borrin-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) Legal Research Internship Award for 2017/2018.
Over-representation of Māori mothers charged with negligent parenting
Māori mothers are over-represented among parents charged and convicted of negligent parenting practices in Aotearoa. This research contributes to a mātauranga Māori-centred critique of their prosecution and conviction.
The research paper was completed by Natanahira Herewini (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kahu, Ngai Takoto, Ngāti Kurī, Ngāpuhi, Te Aupouri) of the University of Auckland, under Fleur Te Aho’s supervision. Natanahira received the inaugural Borrin-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) Legal Research Internship Award for 2017/2018.