Te Kooanga Awatere-Reedy and Reto Blattner de-Vries - 2019 student editors of the Māori Law Review

Te Kooanga is of Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi and Austrian descent. She is a final year student at Victoria University of Wellington, studying towards a BA/LLB with a major in Māori studies, Māori resource management and a minor in te Reo Māori.

Upon completing her studies, Te Kooanga would like to gain some experience at a commercial law firm in Te Whanganui-a-Tara before moving back to her papakāinga in Ohinemutu, Rotorua.

Reto is a student at Victoria University of Wellington in his fifth year, studying towards a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

He was raised and educated in Rawene, South Hokianga, an area he is immensely proud to call home. Reto says his upbringing in the Hokianga fostered his passion for Māori culture. "My particular areas of interest include Māori representation within the New Zealand legal system, and Māori Environmental law. In 2018 I worked as a research assistant for Māmari Stephens to create a teaching resource to increase the confidence of Victoria University law lecturers on how to engage with and present mātauranga Māori content."

After graduation, Reto wants to continue working in Māori law, and to represent rural communities similar to the one he has come from.

2019 student editors Reto Blattner de-Vries-and Te Kooanga Awatere-Reedy