23 Sep 2013

New compendium decade in the writing

7:26 pm on 23 September 2013

A new collection of works which delves into Maori Customary Law is about to be launched after more than a decade in the writing.

Te Matapunenga: A compendium of References of the Concepts and Institutions of Maori Customary Law, has been compiled and edited by Waikato University researchers.

Professor Alex Frame says they wanted to explore ways in which the legal system could better reflect the best values of both Maori and customary law.

They had to look at Maori law in a systemic way but realised there was little academic work on it, and a lot of confusion about its place in society, he says.

Dr Frame says historical accounts from iwi leaders, scholars, judges and tribunals have been collated, as well as modern interpretations of Maori terms and concepts.

He hopes the compendium will be used as a reference for policy makers, students and other academics.

It will be launched in Wellington on 14 October.