Assistant Lecturer / Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor in Māori Tikanga, Law and Policy

University of Canterbury

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Kaiāwhina Pūkenga / Pūkenga / Pūkenga Matua / Ahorangi Tuarua in Māori Tikanga, Law and Policy

Kaupeka Ture | Faculty of Law

Ōtautahi Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā! He hiahia, he pūkenga nōu ki ngā kaupapa ture i Aotearoa nei?

He pōwhiri atu tēnei nā Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha kia tono mai te hunga i te tūranga Kaiāwhina Pūkenga/ Pūkenga/ Pūkenga Matua.

What You Will Do

Te Kaupeka Ture | Faculty of Law invites applications for a continuing, full-time (37.5 hours per week) position of Kaiāwhina Pūkenga | Assistant Lecturer, Pūkenga | Lecturer, Pūkenga Matua | Senior Lecturer, or Ahorangi Tuarua | Associate Professor in Law.

The Faculty is seeking applicants with expertise in the following areas:

  • Tikanga Māori and Law
  • Indigenous Peoples and Legal Theory
  • Treaty of Waitangi (in particular Treaty Jurisprudence)
  • Māori Governance

A successful candidate will have expertise in Tikanga Māori and Law and Policy. The actual appointment will depend on the successful candidate's qualifications and experience. A primary focus of the appointment is to teach and research in the areas of Tikanga Māori and Law, and Indigenous Peoples and Legal Theory.

Who You Are

You will be a highly motivated academic or a practitioner who wishes to move into academia. As Kaiāwhina Pūkenga | Assistant Lecturer, you will ideally have tertiary teaching experience. At Pūkenga | Lecturer level, you should demonstrate the promise of high-quality teaching and research. At Pūkenga Matua | Senior Lecturer level, you should have a proven record of high-quality research and teaching. Candidates at the Ahorangi Tuarua | Associate Professor level are expected to demonstrate evidence of academic leadership, successful supervision of doctoral students, a significant and current record of publications in top international journals, curriculum design and delivery, and high-quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Applicants should have an advanced qualification in law or, for Assistant Lecturer, a willingness to undertake an advanced qualification. Applicants should have research-level knowledge in one or more of the specified areas, a record of research productivity, or clear potential. A high level of understanding of tikanga and te reo Māori and the ability to work and teach in a way that is bi-culturally competent is critical to the role. You will work well within diverse cultural environments, as well as provide a positive contribution to the administration of the Faculty and the University more generally.

Kaupeka Ture | Faculty of Law encourages applications from Māori law graduates. Kaupeka Ture | Faculty of Law at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury, is committed to graduating ākonga with bi-cultural competence and confidence.

Who You Will Work With

Te Kaupeka Ture | Faculty of Law has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and professional contribution. Programmes offered by Te Kaupeka Ture | Faculty of Law comprise the LLB, LLM and the Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BCJ). The Faculty has a vibrant postgraduate research student programme. You will feel part of a cohesive team working alongside professional and dynamic colleagues.

For more information about our Faculty and team, please visit us @ Kaupeka Ture | Faculty of Law

Why UC

Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora - Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

The University of Canterbury is committed to accessible higher education, service to the community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world.

We offer a range of fantastic benefits including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions. For more information, please visit us:

For more information about the University of Canterbury, please visit

The closing date for this position is: Sunday, 19th September 2021 (midnight NZ time)

How to Apply

Applications for this position must be submitted online through our careers website and should include:

  • a 'cover letter' including a 2-3 page statement outlining your research interests and goals, teaching philosophy, and your thoughts on how to develop a successful Law team, and
  • a 'resume' which includes a list of relevant research publications.

Unfortunately, we do not accept applications by email; however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process. Please forward these to

For further information specifically about the role, please contact: Professor Lynne Taylor,

Important Information

In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government have imposed travel restrictions and are currently only allowing New Zealand and Australian citizens and permanent residents to enter the country.

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may alter the nature of the standard interview process for candidates, particularly at the on-site interview stage. To see how this might affect your application and for more information and updates on the border restrictions visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government's official Covid-19 website

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