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Valmaine Toki

Associate Professor in Law
Te Piringa, Faculty of Law, University of Waikato

I write, research and teach in two key areas: indigenous legal systems, and the allocation and recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights. Intrinsic to this is an exciting new approach: the application of the doctrine of therapeutic jurisprudence. As the first New Zealander and Māori appointed by the President of United Nations ECOSOC to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, this platform provides a fertile ground for research and collaborations.

Subjects: Law


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Commonwealth Law Bulletin

'Tikanga Maori - a constitutional right'? A case study

Published: Mar 13, 2014 by Commonwealth Law Bulletin
Authors: V Toki
Subjects: Law

Constitutions guarantee certain rights and freedoms. Prior to colonisation, Maori (the indigenous peoples of Aotearoa/New Zealand) had effective legal, social and political structures, premised on Tikanga Maori (Maori custom), which determined their ‘constitution’. Upon colonisation the existing ‘constitution’, determined by Tikanga Maori, was not recognised and, arguably, colonisation contributed to the break down of the Maori social fabric and arguably the criminal justice statistics.

Commonwealth Law Bulletin

Are Domestic Violence Courts working for Indigenous Peoples?

Published: Mar 13, 2009 by Commonwealth Law Bulletin
Authors: V Toki
Subjects: Law

This article proposes a court setting for domestic violence that incorporates therapeutic jurisprudence as an appropriate vehicle for the recognition of an indigenous law system as the answer to this problem. The model proposed comprises two components; a specialized Domestic Violence Court underpinned by the doctrine of therapeutic jurisprudence and the implementation of an indigenous legal system such as tikanga Maori.

Commonealth Law Bulletin

Can the Developing Doctrine of Aboriginal Native Title Assist a Claim Under the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004?”

Published: Mar 13, 2008 by Commonealth Law Bulletin
Authors: V Toki

This article considers in detail the doctrine of aboriginal title. This doctrine is relatively undeveloped in New Zealand and a comparative analysis with comparable jurisdictions is undertaken in order to ascertain whether this doctrine could assist a claim for Maori.