Carwyn Jones (Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki) is a senior lecturer at the Victoria University School of Law. His primary research interests relate to the Treaty of Waitangi and indigenous legal traditions. He has worked in a number of different roles at the Waitangi Tribunal, Māori Land Court, and the Office of Treaty Settlements. He is the author of New Treaty, New Tradition – Reconciling New Zealand and Maori Law, co-editor of the Māori Law Review and a blog, Ahi-kā-roa, on legal issues affecting Māori and other indigenous peoples.
A new report from the justice advisory group Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora challenges the government to find solutions in te ao Māori that restore relationships and mana instead of continuing to feed Māori into the criminal justice system.
Last week, a UN committee noted concerns about the lack of constitutional protection in New Zealand for some types of human rights, including those of Māori. Carwyn Jones recommends the government revisit some relevant documents.