Thursday 5 February – Philip Joseph & Derek Fox 


Constitutional Law expert Professor Philip Joseph and broadcaster Derek Fox discuss the role of Māori in Parliament and the future of the Māori seats.

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Philip JosephPhilip Joseph is Professor of Law at the University of Canterbury. He is widely published, his best-known work possibly being Constitutional and Administrative Law in New Zealand (3rd ed), and he is an editorial advisor to several international law journals. In 2004, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws in recognition of his research contributions in public law. Professor Joseph is also a consultant to the law firm Russell McVeagh, and has undertaken advisory work for government departments, public bodies, and parliamentary select committees.


Derek FoxDerek Fox, of Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Porou descent, is a broadcaster and journalist of many years experience. He pioneered a succession of Māori radio and television initiatives, and currently heads the Mana media companies he co-founded 16 years ago. The Mana companies specialise in bringing Māori stories to all New Zealanders, and to the world. Derek spent 12 years in local government, six as the mayor of his home community of Wairoa, from 1995 to 2001. In the 2008 General Election he stood – unsuccessfully – as the Māori Party candidate for Ikaroa-Rawhiti, which includes large sections of the country’s East Coast. A native speaker of Māori, he is a long-time advocate for his people, and keenly aware of the responsibilities his heritage brings.


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