Leading Māori lawyer Moana Jackson dies


Leading Māori lawyer Moana Jackson has has died after a lengthy illness.

Moana Jackson.

Moana Jackson. Photo: RNZ / Patrice Allen

Jackson, of Ngāti Kahungunu, co-founded the Māori Legal Service in the 1980s, and became a tireless advocate for criminal justice reform and the dismantling of racist structures.

In 1988 he wrote the ground-breaking report Māori in the Criminal Justice System, for the Justice Department.

He worked for the United Nations, where he helped draft the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and for the interim Bougainville government during the peace process there.

Most recently Jackson worked as a lecturer at Te Wānanga o Raukawa in Ōtaki.

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