Student volunteer editors 2014

The following student volunteers contribute to the Māori Law Review by helping with editing tasks and to compile summary tables for the cases that we report. In 2014 our volunteer students have been behind the scenes putting together information about a large number of case reports. We are very grateful for their contributions, given over and above busy lives.

Hanna Shaw

Hanna Shaw (Ngati Porou, Te-Whānau-ā-Apanui, Te Whakatōhea) completed her LLB and BA in History and English Literature in 2013 at Victoria University of Wellington. She was involved with Ngā Rangahautira (Māori Law Students' Association at VUW) during her LLB, and volunteered with the Māori Law Review in 2013. She is currently working in policy at the Ministry of Justice, and is interested in the relationship of Māori with the law. Her main areas of interest are Māori land law, youth justice issues, and the position that Māori occupy in the criminal justice system.

Helen Kaimarama

Helen and her husband raised their five children in Whangarei, before moving to Wellington in 2007 to further her career in the New Zealand Police. However, when her children left home in 2009 she took the opportunity to attend Victoria University. She completed her BA in Social Policy/Sociology in 2103, receiving the Jim Robb Memorial Prize for top scholar and is in her final trimester of her LLB degree. Helen volunteers for the Robson Hanan Trust (Re-thinking Crime and Punishment) helping to launch the Te Pataka on-line information storehouse in 2013. Helen hopes to gain employment in the criminal justice area of social policy development and continue her studies in 2015 towards a Masters of Law.

Cindy Chase

Ko Tararua ngā pae maunga, Ko Manawatu te awa, Ko Ngati Raukawa te iwi, Ko Ngati Huia te hapu, Ko Katihiku te marae, Ko Tainui te waka, Tihei mauri ora! Kia Ora, My name is Cindy Tata and I grew up in the small town of Levin. I am in my final year studying towards an LLB/BA majoring in International Relations and Māori Studies. Outside of University I enjoy kapahaka, travel and spending time with wh­ānau. My aspiration is to travel the world in order to experience and learn about as many different cultures as possible.

Olivia Rabindran

Olivia is in her final year of an LLB at Victoria University of Wellington. She recently completed a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration with a double major in International Business and Marketing in 2012. Olivia is a Russell McVeagh scholar and will be starting as a graduate with that firm in the Auckland office in 2014. She has also tutored International Business at Victoria University. Olivia wants to use both her commercial and legal skills in the future, and issues facing Māori are of interest to her in both of these areas.

Vinny Burns

Vincent Burns is a 25-year-old Pākehā student from Auckland. He is in his final trimester at Victoria University of Wellington, completing a BA in political science and international relations and a LLB. He has been involved with the human rights division of the Community Justice Project, and currently volunteers at Te Awa Kairangi and for LawSpot.org.nz. His areas of interest in the law are private law remedies and intellectual property. After university, he would like to work as a courtroom advocate.

Steven Li

Steven, 24, was born and raised in China.  He has lived in Aotearoa for 14 years.   Steven has recently completed his LLB (Hons) degree from the Victoria University of Wellington.  He is currently working as a law clerk at Chapman Tripp’s litigation team.  His primary legal interests are arbitration, commercial, trust and iwi corporate management. Outside of work he enjoys playing sport with friends. Steven has also recently helped set up the Asian and Exchange Law Students Collective at Victoria.

Reweti Kohere

Reweti, 22, is from Wanganui. He is of Ngati Porou and Muaupoko descent. Reweti is studying towards a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science, at Victoria University of Wellington. He was Head Prefect of Academia and Māori Dux of Wanganui High School in 2009. In his free time, he photographs law students and chats to them about their aspirations for his blog, Courted. 2014 is his penultimate year of University. Reweti is currently working at the Ministry of Social Development as a Team Administrator in the Historic Claims Discovery taskforce. He also tutors second semester of first year Law. Upon completing his studies, he hopes to practice family law, youth justice and public law.

Edward Sharpe-Davidson

Edward Sharpe-Davidson is a 21 year old New Zealand European student from Christchurch. He is in his fourth year studying Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Literature. He is an executive member of the Christian Law Students’ Society and hopes to practice at a private law firm.

Hineataapora Moko-Mead

Hinetaapora Moko-Mead. of Ngati Porou, Ngati Awa and Waikato-Tainui descent. is in her fourth year at Victoria University of Wellington, completing an LLB and BA in international relations and Māori studies. She is one of the 300-level representatives of Ngā Rangahautira and is a volunteer in the rights education team in the Wellington Community Justice Project. She would like to work in the international and environment law fields in the future.

Anna Forsyth

Anna Forsyth is in her final year at Victoria University of Wellington completing a LLB.  She completed a BA (majoring in German and Politics) and the Victoria International Leadership Programme in 2013.  Anna is a Russell McVeagh scholar and is looking forward to commencing a graduate position with the firm in 2016.  She is interested in corporate and government advisory and environmental issues.

Daniel Song

Daniel is originally from South Korea but now calls New Zealand home. Daniel is a Court Registry Officer for the Ministry of Justice. He enjoys participating in various community works and plays an active role in the Citizens Advice Bureau. Daniel is passionate about building safe and healthy families and working on legal issues affecting immigrant families in New Zealand.

Before studying law, Daniel studied linguistics and interpreting at Auckland University. He has worked as a freelance interpreter for clients at the Tenancy Tribunal, also for the Police and various hospitals. He speaks Korean, Japanese, Chinese and a little bit of Swahili. He thinks Te Reo Māori is one the most beautiful languages in the world and plans to learn it.

Christine Anderson

Christine is originally from Hawkes' Bay but moved to Wellington to study.  She is in her final year of an LLB/BA conjoint degree majoring in Media and Criminology.  She is involved with the charitable organisation LawSpot as Head of Administration and works part time at Buddle Findlay.  After finishing her studies, Christine hopes to work in the public sector in an area of social development.

Nathan Ross

Nathan Ross is a final year LLB student at VUW. From Sydney, Australia, he holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science from the University of Newcastle and has worked for a number of years in central and local government on climate change and renewable energy programmes in NZ and Australia. He recently completed a research scholarship looking into the international law of statehood for those countries that will become uninhabitable due to the effects of climate change. Nathan works as a research assistant and is also a volunteer editor of the New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law (NZJPIL).