April 09, 2021
New AUT law dean promises bicultural education for all
Khylee Quince has become the first Māori to head a law school in Aotearoa.
The Covid-19 pandemic means Associate Professor Quince will become interim dean at Auckland University of Technology's law school until the university is able to complete its international search.
She feels she is following in the footsteps of her Ngāti Porou whanaunga Sir Apirana Ngata, who became the first Māori lawyer in 1896, and Dame Georgina Te Heuheu, who 75 years later became the first wahine Māori admitted to the bar.
She says it's a chance to build on the work of a number of Māori legal academics to indigenise legal studies.
"We're all on the same page. We're all offering a bi-cultural, bilingual and bi-jural legal education so that that all people that come to be lawyers in New Zealand, whether you are Māori, Pākehā or tauiwi, everybody knows we are the first peoples, that our law was the first law, that our reo is the only official language other than sign language of this country," she says.
Khylee Quince hopes her appointment will encourage more young Māori to study law.
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