Jacinta Ruru (Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui)
Jacinta is an award-winning Professor of Law at the University of Otago, Co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga New Zealand’s Centre of Māori Research Excellence, Fellow of the Royal Society Te Apārangi, and recipient of the New Zealand’s Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for Excellence in Tertiary Teaching.
In 2019, she received an inaugural University of Otago Sesquicentennial Distinguished Chair. Her extensive research considers Indigenous peoples’ rights, interests, and responsibilities to own and care for lands and waters.
She is the daughter of Norm and Andrea Ruru and grew up in the Ngāi Tahu takiwā on the shores of Lake Whakatipu. She now lives with her husband Andrew Geddis and their children in Pūrākaunui, north of Dunedin.
Jacinta Ruru at DWRF 2021:
Ngā Kete Mātauranga
Navigating the Stars