November 16, 2017
Maori moot tackles Mossie problem
Some of the country’s top Maori law students will take part in a moot or mock trial this evening aimed at demonstrating how the law can be made to accommodate tikanga Maori.
The moot at Manukau District Court is part of the Maori Lawyers’ Association’s annual hui.
The question set by AUT law lecturer Kylie Quince involves a father challenging his former partner’s decision to move to Australia because it would mean taking their children away from easy access to whanua, reo and tikanga.
She wanted to give a Maori twist to a common Family Court relocation case.
"I think it’s a really grunty problem but it's a realistic problem, how do we balance the rights of the children, their parents, and the wider whanau on both sides. It's a very real problem for many Maori whanau – how do they survive as Mossies, as Maori Australians? Is this possible? Can they maintain a healthy, strong sense of Maori identity but more than Maori identity, hapu iwi whanau identity in another country?" Ms Quince says.
The moot is at the ManukauDistrict Court from 6 to 9pm.
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