Justice Hetaraka

Ngati Wai, Kai Tahu

Research Officer

Justice Hetaraka has recently completed her Law and Arts conjoint degrees at the University of Auckland. She studied remotely from Whangarei to remain connected to her whanau and community. In 2019 Justice Co-Founded HĀ – History of Aotearoa, to develop education programmes that use art and indigenous pedagogy to teach our local history. HĀ’s goal is for tamariki and kaiako to safely engage in our history and be empowered to contribute to our future with a deeper connection to the whenua and to themselves. Justice is currently supporting the Wai 262 claimants to advance their vision of constitutional transformation. For Justice, it is of the utmost importance that Tangata Whenua reconnect with Te Ao Wairua and exercise Rangatiratanga over their indigenous flora and fauna, taonga and mātauranga tuku iho.