Isabella Wilson and Nopera Dennis-McCarthy - 2017 student editors of the Māori Law Review
Isabella is of Ngāti Whātua and Waikato descent.
Isabella is a student at Victoria University of Wellington and is in her fifth year studying towards a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese and Sociology.
Isabella loves to give back to the community. When not studying she volunteers at Community Law Centre, helping volunteer lawyers give free legal advice, at the Epuni Care and Protection Unit. She also facilitates Rights Education workshops for youth with the Community Justice Project. She also gives back to her own iwi, helping with a project to transcribe recorded oral histories of Ngāti Whatua.
In the summer of 2016/17, Isabella interned with Te Kupenga, the Maori Economic Development Unit, at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. She is also a leader within Ngā Rangāhautira (the Victoria University Māori Law Students Organisation) as its Social Officer for 2017 and a mentor to first year Māori law students.
Isabella is passionate about using the skills she has gained at law school to help her iwi. She is passionate about Māori customary law and iwi corporate governance and legal issues arising from the post-Treaty settlement era.
Nopera is of Ngāti Tūwharetoa descent.
Nopera is a third-year student at Victoria University of Wellington studying towards a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Relations and Political Science.
He is currently involved in a number of voluntary positions in the university, including as a group mentor for first year students and a 200-level representative for Ngā Rangahautira.
Nopera has been a resident of Wellington all his life, and currently works at Wellington Museum, providing tours to visitors of the city and promoting its youth-run art space.
Nopera hopes to utilise his law degree for the betterment of Māori people in the future, particularly in a post-settlement legal landscape.