Travel and Learning Award for Metiria Stanton Turei

Supporting Metiria Stanton Turei to explore how legal information is represented in visual images, and to share the findings at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference.

Borrin Foundation Travel and Learning Award

Metiria’s plan

Visual jurisprudence, an innovation in legal theory, considers how visual legal information affects what people think the law is and does, and how they imagine the law might impact them and their communities. We see how this works in real-time in the visual imagery of COVID-19 legal information produced by government, health and media agencies. This short study will look at how legal information about COVID-19 is represented in visual images. How might visual imagery best communicate legal information, how does it build community commitment to legal COVID-19 requirements and what imagery might undermine that commitment? By using this real-time example, Metiria will develop initial ideas around how visual jurisprudence works in Aotearoa New Zealand, and how it can be used to better inform the community about what the law does, improving knowledge, understanding and use of the law by New Zealanders.


About Metiria

Metiria Stanton Turei, Āti Hau Nui a Pāpārangi, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, is a senior lecturer in Māori Jurisprudence at the Te Kaupeka Tātai Ture, the Faculty of Law, Otago University. She is a co-author of the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation supported research Indigenising the Aotearoa New Zealand Law Degree. She is also an Indigenous Futurist visual artist specialising in textiles, sculpture and photography. Metiria was a member of Parliament, and co-leader of the Green Party Aotearoa New Zealand for many years, working on issues of poverty, housing and justice.


Grant Amount

$10,000 in 2022 to support the research and travel to present the findings at an international conference

“What a privilege to research the relationship of art, law and the community, made possible because of the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation’s commitment to a just and inclusive Aotearoa.”

– Metiria Stanton Turei