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Moana Jackson

New Zealand lawyer

Moana Jackson is ...


Born 10 October 1945 in Hastings
Died 31 March 2022 in Waimana
Age 76 years, 5 months

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship New Zealand
Father Everard Jackson
Sibling Syd Jackson
Occupation lawyer, academic and lecturer
Awards Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand
Member of Imagining Decolonised Cities Team
Relative June Jackson, Willie Jackson and Frederick Stanley Jackson
Educated at Victoria University of Wellington and Hastings Boys' High School

About Moana Jackson

Moana Jackson is a New Zealand lawyer, activist, and scholar who has dedicated his life to advocating for the rights of Indigenous peoples. Born on October 10, 1945, in Napier, New Zealand, Jackson grew up in a family that was deeply involved in the Maori community. His father was a prominent Maori leader, and his mother was a teacher who instilled in him a love of learning and a passion for justice.

Jackson studied law at Victoria University in Wellington, where he became involved in the Maori protest movement. He was one of the founders of the Maori Law Students Association and helped to organize the first Maori Land March in 1975. He went on to work as a lawyer for the Maori Land Court and the Waitangi Tribunal, where he fought for Maori land rights and treaty claims.

In the 1980s, Jackson became involved in the international Indigenous rights movement. He was a key figure in the drafting of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and has worked with Indigenous communities around the world to promote their rights and sovereignty.

Jackson is also a respected scholar and has written extensively on Maori and Indigenous issues. His book, "Healing the Wounds: Maori Therapeutic Jurisprudence," is considered a seminal work in the field of Indigenous legal studies.

Throughout his career, Jackson has been a tireless advocate for justice and equality for Indigenous peoples. He has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including the New Zealand Order of Merit and the International Leadership Award from the Indigenous Bar Association.


- "Moana Jackson: A Life in Law and Activism." The Spinoff, 10 Oct. 2019,

- "Moana Jackson." Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand,

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