Moana Jackson - Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine and Ngati Porou tribes from the east coast of Aotearoa/New Zealand Position/Institution: Director of Ngā Kaiwhakamārama i ngā Ture; and Lecturer at Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Ōtaki. Moana is a highly regarded lawyer who graduated from Victoria University in Wellington. He was Director of the Māori Law Commission and was appointed judge on the International People’s Tribunal in 1993 and has since then sat on hearings in Hawai'i, Canada and Mexico.
He was appointed Visiting Fellow at the Victoria University Law School in 1995, and was elected Chair of the Indigenous People's Caucus of the United Nations working group on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Moana is highly regarded throughout Māoridom and mainstream Aotearoa for his measured and important contribution in the struggles of the Māori people in terms of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) 1840, sovereignty issues and Indigenous rights.
Moana helped in developing the original Wai 262 claim relating to intellectual property rights for indigenous flora and fauna and the rights of Maori over their Taonga.
He is a much loved Dad and Koro to his beloved whānau and mokopuna.
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