The Māori Magna Carta – Waitangi and Beyond: Tuesday 7 July 2015

University of Auckland Public Lecture: The Māori Magna Carta – Waitangi and Beyond: Tuesday 7 July 2015, 6:45pm, Business School/Owen G Glenn Building

The Treaty of Waitangi has been said to be the ‘Māori Magna Carta’. What role has the connection between Magna Carta and the Treaty played in Māori politics and how is that role changing as the in the context of present-day Treaty politics?

This was part of The University of Auckland’s week long public lecture series for the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta organised by Dr Stephen Winter from Politics and International Relations.


Chair: Dr Lisa Chant, Senior Lecturer, Interprofessional Health Studies, AUT (including a mihi from a kaumatua from Ngati Whatua – Tame Te Rangi) (click here to view the transcript for this video)


Hon. Chris Finlayson, Attorney-General (read by Simon O’Connor, Member of Parliament) (click here to view the transcript for this video)

Hon Chris Finlayson (2)Hon Christopher Finlayson is Attorney-General for New Zealand. He is also Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations. He practised law in Wellington for 25 years before entering Parliament in 2005. Before entering Parliament, Chris represented clients in all of New Zealand’s Courts and Tribunals, including nine appearances in the Privy Council. For many years he maintained his links to academic life through part-time teaching at Victoria University’s Law Faculty. He continues to sit on the Rules Committee of the High Court.

Click here for Simon O’Connor’s biography.

Judge Carrie Wainwright, Waitangi Tribunal (click here to view the transcript for this video)

Judge Carrie Wainwright Profile PicJudge Carrie Wainwright was appointed in 2000 as kaiwhakawā of the Māori Land Court and served on the Waitangi Tribunal for ten years, including six years as the Deputy Chairperson and one year as Acting Chairperson from 2008-9. Judge Wainwright moved to the District Court in Wellington in 2010, and for the last 12 months has been working on the report of the Waitangi Tribunal’s Whanganui District Inquiry. Judge Wainwright was formerly a partner of the law firm Buddle Findlay, where she practised as a litigation lawyer for 13 years. During this time, she also worked on secondment to the Treasury and to the Crown–Congress Joint Working Party. She specialised in judicial review and law relating to the Treaty of Waitangi, acting extensively for Māori parties.

Isaac Hikaka, LeeSalmonLong Barristers and Solicitors (click here to view the transcript for this video)

Isaac Hikaka is a partner at specialist dispute litigation firm LeeSalmonLong.  He specialises in complex constitutional, trust, public and administrative and relationship property litigation. He advises governmental and non-governmental entities, political parties, iwis, trusts and individual persons and appears in courts and tribunals in New Zealand and multiple Pacific jurisdictions.  He has special expertise in electoral law, having argued electoral issues in three different jurisdictions.  As part of his practice he has a particular focus on the importance of the rule of law and appropriate constitutional protections for citizens.  He is a member of the New Zealand Law Society’s Rule of Law Committee.

Q&A (click here to view the transcript for this video)

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