Our series aims to engage with the frameworks for understanding the interaction between tikanga, common law and statute that have been set out in He Poutama.
In this first of three articles, we consider Part One of He Poutama, which seeks to promote understanding of tikanga from a mātauranga Māori perspective. In summarising Part One, we:
- consider how mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge systems) and pūrākau (traditional forms of Māori narrative that recount creation) underpin understandings of tikanga, including as it applies in a legal context;
- provide an overview of the core tikanga concepts identified by the Commission, drawing on explanations by mātauranga experts; and
- discuss the Commission’s guidance for tikanga engagement, as illustrated by its six hypothetical case studies.
You can read part one in Māori Law Review here.
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