In comparison with the legal pluralism of Malaysia, New Zealand has the tradition of a single jural order, introduced by English settlers in 1840. By 1858, the British settlers outnumbered the indigenous Maori. Maori are now 15% of the population. Nonetheless, the common law recognises native custom as a source of law and English law applies only so long as it is applicable to the local circumstance. That leads to this paper on Indigenous Law and Responsible Water Governance. The paper is about how other cultures, and different world views, can help us to develop better policy. In this case, the focus is on how the Maori world view helped to reshape New Zealand water policy.
About the author: Honorable Justice Sir Edward Taihãkurei Durie (Ngati Kauwhata, Ngati Raukawa, Rangitane), BA, LLB (Victoria University), formerly High Court Judge of New Zealand, Chief Judge of the Maori Land Court and Chairperson of the Waitangi Tribunal, Sir Eddie Durie is regarded as leading legal expert on the Treaty of Waitangi. The Treaty of Waitangi, 1840, is the agreement between The Queen of England and Maori Chiefs for the settlement, governance and protection of Maori property, knowledge and resources. Sir Edward is currently Chair of the NZ Maori Council.