Keynote Speakers

lindaProfessor Linda Smith

Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori, University of Waikato

Linda Tuhiwai Smith is Professor of Education and Māori Development at the University of Waikato and holds the position of Pro-Vice Chancellor Māori. Dr Smith is a Fellow of the American Association for Research in Education. She serves on a number of New Zealand’s research organisations and funding bodies. Dr Smith was awarded a New Zealand Honour in 2012 and a Distinguished Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit.

Listen to Prof. Linda Smith’s talk here  Listen to Prof. Linda Smith’s Q&A session here



Hon. Dame Tariana Turia

Former Member of Parliament for Te Tai Hauāuru and Co-Leader of the Māori Party

The Hon Dame Tariana Turia was a New Zealand Member of Parliament from 1996 until 2014. She was Minister for Whanau Ora; Disability Issues and the Community and Voluntary Sector. She has also been Associate Minister in Health, Māori Affairs, Social Development, Child, Youth and Family; Housing, Corrections, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment.

Dame Tariana, of Ngati Apa, Nga Wairiki, Nga Rauru, Tuwharetoa, and Whanganui, has been a champion of rangatiratanga (self-determination) for Māori as well as advocating strongly for disabled persons and Pasifika communities. Before entering politics, Dame Tariana was the Chief Executive of Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority (the longest and largest Māori Health Service provider in the Central Region).

Listen to Dame Tariana Turia’s talk here  Listen to Dame Tariana Turia’s Q&A session here

Dr Camara Jones

Immediate Past President, American Public Health Association

Camara Phyllis Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on racism’s impact on the health and well-being of the nation. She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high-quality health care, but also attention to the social determinants of health (including poverty) and equity (including racism). She hopes through her work to initiate a national conversation on racism that leads to a national campaign against racism. Dr Jones was an Assistant Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health from 1994 to 2000 and a Medical Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2000 to 2014.

Listen to Dr Camara Jones’ talk here


Moana Jackson

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou

Moana Jackson has spent his legal career specialising in Te Tiriti o Waitangi and indigenous rights. In 1987, he co-founded Ngā Kaiwhakamarama i Ngā Ture, the Māori Legal Service for which he remains the director as well as lecturing in the Māori Laws and Philosophy degree at Te Wānanga o Raukawa. He has also worked extensively overseas on international indigenous issues, particularly the drafting of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He was a judge on the International Tribunal of Indigenous Rights in Hawaii in 1993 and again in Canada in 1995. He was also counsel for the Bougainville Interim Government during the Bougainville peace process.

Listen to Moana Jackson’s talk here