Leading Maori Lawyer, Activist Moana Jackson Dies

Pioneering Māori lawyer and activist Moana Jackson has died of a long-term illness.

Jackson was an advocate of indigenous rights, contributing his knowledge to international indigenous issues. He also shared his valuable insights on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as part of the first Māori delegation.

Newsroom, a New Zealand-based news and affairs organization, referred to Jackson as Māoridom’s foremost legal thinker and commentator on the Treaty of Waitangi, Māori constitutional issues, and international indigenous rights.

Jackson (Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Porou) was born in 1948. He graduated in law and criminology from Victoria University of Wellington. In 1988, he co-founded Ngā Kaiwhakamārama i Ngā Ture or the Māori Legal Service.

The Maori lawyer also served in the academe and gave lectures on colonization. He also wrote the books Imagining Decolonisation and The Maori and The Criminal Justice System.

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