Jacinta Ruru – Professor of Law, Otago University – “NZ’s legal system needs to be more respectful of Maori views”

Jacinta Ruru – Professor of Law, Otago University – says “[Māori face] many big challenges in (NZ’s) legal system in the future because there’s significantly more that needs to be done to make our legal system more respectful of Māori views. Water is obviously a big issue on the horizon”.

Jacinta Ruru - Professor of Law, Otago University

Jacinta Ruru – Professor of Law, Otago University

Jacinta Ruru, who lectures in law at Otago University, is the country’s top tertiary teacher in 2016. She’s also New Zealand’s first Māori law professor (as of 2016) and the only Māori on the law faculty at Otago since 1999.

Jacinta’s innovative kaupapa Māori approach, incorporating Māori stories and worldviews into the study of law, is resulting not only in more Māori law students passing and excelling at higher levels, but also more lawyers generally who are embracing matauranga Māori.

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