Māori legal scholar

takes out top research award

A Māori law trailblazer focused on the environment and tikanga Māori has taken out this year’s Distinguished Research Medal, awarded by the University of Otago.

Professor Jacinta Ruru (NZOM), who has been with the university since 1999, said she never expected to receive the medal.

Typically, the award stays in the science faculty, Ruru said, so seeing a humanities' researcher, particularly one whose focus is on law and matauranga Māori, take out the top spot was exciting.

“It feels really significant, it just feels really amazing and just a huge boost and testament to the possibilities and value of Māori-led research.

“This award will open up even more avenues for the country and the university sectors to understand and value that Māori research has a lot to offer this country.”

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