Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine and Ngati Porou tribes from the east coast of Aotearoa/New Zealand
Director of Ngā Kaiwhakamārama i ngā Ture and Lecturer at Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Ōtaki
Moana is a highly regarded lawyer who graduated from Victoria University in Wellington.
He was Director of the Māori Law Commission and was appointed judge on the International Peoples’ Tribunal in 1993 and has since sat on hearings in Hawai'i, Canada and Mexico. He was appointed Visiting Fellow at the Victoria University Law School in 1995, and was elected Chair of the Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus of the United Nations working group on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Moana is highly regarded throughout Māoridom and mainstream Aotearoa for his measured and important contribution in the struggles of the Māori people in terms of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) 1840, sovereignty issues and Indigenous rights. Moana helped develop the original Wai 262 claim relating to intellectual property rights for indigenous flora and fauna and the rights of Māori over their Taonga.
Moana has recently co-chaired a major Working Group on Constitutional Transformation that was charged with developing a new constitution for Aotearoa based on the Treaty of Waitangi. He has also had extensive involvement in health issues in Aotearoa and overseas ensuring proper and appropriate health care and management for Indigenous peoples. This has included work with the Māori Runanga of the New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation, with Iwi health providers, and participation in several international conferences such as the gathering of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA).
He is a much loved Dad and Koro to his beloved whānau and mokopuna.