Te Kaupapa Reo-a-Ture - The Legal Māori project

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Dr Mary Boyce with research assistants
Dr Mary Boyce, research assistant Dulce Piacentini, Māmari Stephens and head research assistant Tai Ahu

Tēnā koe. Welcome to the home page of Te Kaupapa reo-a-Ture/The Legal Māori Project.

The aim of the Project (based at the Law Faculty of Victoria University in Wellington) is to provide a resource to speakers of te reo Māori that will assist such speakers to use Māori vocabulary to describe Western legal concepts.

The current project phase (2008-2012) has been funded by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (FRST) and Victoria University. It sets out to produce a dictionary of legal Māori terms for Western legal concepts, based on a large corpus of printed written texts in Māori. On the route to the dictionary the project has produced the Legal Māori Archive, the Legal Māori Lexicon and the Legal Māori Corpus.

We acknowledge the assistance of the New Zealand Electronic Text centre in making these resources publicly available. We invite you to follow the links to these resources to make use of them.

Who we are

Project leaders

Māmari Stephens (Te Rarawa), Dr Mary Boyce (University of Hawai’i, Mānoa)

Reference group

Te Ripowai Higgins (Tūhoe), Paul Meredith (Ngāti Kaputuhi, Maniapoto), Professor Richard Benton, Te Haumihiata Mason (Tūhoe, Te Arawa, Ngāiterangi), Judge Craig Coxhead (Ngāti Mākino, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Maru), Judge David Ambler of the Māori Land Court, Professor Richard Boast, Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington, Carwyn Jones (Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Aitanga a Māhaki), Mōkena Reedy (Ngāti Porou)

Research assistants

Tai Ahu, Debbie Broughton, Hiria Green, Tracy Harris, Rachael Hoare, Horiana Irwin, Te Ata King, Phoebe Monk, Hannah Northover, Dulce Piacentini, Naomi Solomon, Roberta Tainui, Clare Tattersall, Hurihia Tuteao, Paranihia Walker, Ed Willis