Law Research Conversation

Date Wednesday 30 November 2022
Time 1pm - 2pm
Where via Zoom Only (
Presenter Dr Luke Fitzmaurice (V
Contact Dr Anna Brennan
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

On Wednesday, 30 November at 1pm via Zoom Dr Luke Fitzmaurice (Victoria University of Wellington) will give a seminar in Te Piringa Faculty of Law. His presentation will be titled ‘Rangatiratanga, Covid Checkpoints and Te Tiriti o Waitangi’ and the abstract and his bio are as follows:

"The Māori-led checkpoints set up across the country in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 illustrated a number of things about the enduring power, and ongoing potential, of rangatiratanga. This presentation will discuss findings from a piece of kaupapa Māori research into the checkpoints, touching on legal perspectives but also discussing rangatiratanga more broadly. It is argued that the checkpoints provide a concrete example of what the exercise of rangatiratanga can look like, exemplifying the potential opportunities and benefits for all New Zealanders, but also the challenges, tensions and ongoing risks. The presentation is intended to be conversational, with input, questions and contributions from others welcomed."

Luke Fitzmaurice-Brown (Te Aupōuri/Pakehā) is a lecturer in law at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington. His research interests cover Te Tiriti o Waitangi, child protection, children’s rights and family law. His recently-completed PhD research focused on decolonising the Aotearoa New Zealand child protection system.

The Zoom link to attend Luke's seminar is as follows:

If you have any questions about this event please contact Dr Anna Brennan (