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Mai te pō ki te Ao Mārama | The transition from night to the enlightened world

September 30, 2022 at 3:24 PM

From the NZFVC 


Tuesday 4 October 2022 




Engineering Building 405, Room 460, University of Auckland City Campus, Auckland. 


Auckland University Law Review 



An update on progress since November 2020. 

The annual Auckland University Law Review Symposium is an important initiative and Review tradition. It is an opportunity for students, practitioners, academics and the wider public to come together to learn from and engage with an esteemed guest. 

This year’s Symposium will be presented by Chief District Court Judge Heemi Taumaunu, and chaired by Professor Julia Tolmie. 

The topic 

Te Ao Mārama — Enhancing Justice for All kaupapa (initiative) — is inspired by the concept “mai te ki te ao mārama” meaning: “the transition from night to the enlightened world”. The vision imagines a journey towards a better place (the world of light) by ensuring that all people who come to the District Court can seek justice and be seen, heard, understood and meaningfully participate (source). Te Ao Mārama is a judicially led kaupapa that will improve the experience for all people who participate in the court system, including victims and whānau. By working together with iwi and local communities, Te Ao Mārama will be designed to best serve each community’s specific needs. 

This approach is a comprehensive response to the longstanding calls for transformation of the District Court and is intended to be inclusive of all cultures and ethnicities and seeks to recognise that modern day Aotearoa New Zealand is a vibrant multi-cultural society. It was announced at the 2020 Norris Ward McKinnon Lecture. This year, his Honour Judge Taumaunu will give an update on the progress of Te Ao Mārama since November 2020. All welcome. 

The speaker 

His Honour Judge Heemi Taumaunu is the Chief District Court Judge and was appointed in 2019.

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