The Power in Our Truth: A Conference Inspired by the Work of Moana Jackson

This project is a conference that was held to honour and reflect on the contribution made by Moana Jackson in addressing injustice in our law and constitution.

About the project

Hosted by Te Wānanga o Raukawa and the National Iwi Chair’s Forum’s Pou Tikanga, the conference was held at Te Wānanga o Raukawa and livestreamed over 30 June – 1 July. Key objectives of the conference were to encourage ongoing conversations of Moana’s ideas, thinking and writing and to ensure we continue to work towards implementing the vision of justice he articulated and for which he strived.

The two key strands of the conference focused on:

  • constitutional transformation and Matike Mai Aotearoa; and
  • criminal justice reform and He Whaipaanga Hou.

The conference included a number of presentations from people who have worked with Moana on these issues. Workshop and plenary sessions were also held each day of the conference in order to provide opportunities for all conference participants to discuss what Moana said and did as an example to inspire future work.

Grant amount

$25,000 for work in 2023

About Te Wānanga o Raukawa and National Iwi Chair’s Forum

Te Wānanga o Raukawa is a unique centre for higher learning and development, dedicated to the dissemination of Māori knowledge.  More than just educating our people, the Wānanga aims to produce outstanding and sought after graduates who are Māori in the way they think, act and behave while also having the technical skills and qualifications they need to grow, inspire and uplift their whānau, hapū and iwi. Visit to learn more.

The National Iwi Chairs Forum shares information and works collaboratively on key priorities of iwi within the Forum and advocates the collective priorities of the iwi within the Forum in discussions with others, recognising the rangatiratanga (independence) of iwi. Visit to learn more.


Carwyn Jones, Pūkenga Matua (Lead Academic), Ahunga Tikanga, Te Wānanga o Raukawa