He Aituā – Dr Nin Tomas


Nin2008_2Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā
Ka rere tēnei ki te motu
Kua hinga tētahi taonga nō te wao nui a Tāne
ko Dr Nin Tomas

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Kātahi anō te tīwaiwaka ka tangi, he mate anō kua tau.

It is with immense sadness that we have learnt that Dr Nin Tomas passed away today in Auckland. He uri nō Ngāti Kahu me Te Rarawa hoki.

Dr Tomas was the first Māori to graduate with a doctorate in law from the University of Auckland and went on to become an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law.

Dr Tomas was raised in Kaitaia and dedicated her academic life to advancing Māori student achievement. In 1995, Dr Tomas was a founding member of the annual National Māori Issues Moot, an event that is eagerly contested by Māori law students throughout the country in both te reo Māori and English.  In 2004, Dr Tomas introduced Te Tai Haruru, The Journal of Māori Legal Writing as a forum for academic discussion of Māori concepts and principles and their legal application, by Auckland law students and lecturers. In recent times, Dr Tomas has written extensively about Ngā Tikanga Mate, examining the principles and protocols that Māori use to govern tangi, and legal rules, principles and processes that govern where a person is buried.

Dr Tomas is survived by her son Dr Inia Tomas and will be remembered by all of those whose lives she affected as an advocate for justice, and a steward for on-going participation of Māori within the legal system.

E te whaea, e te rangatira aumangea, kōrengarenga ana te puna roimata i tō wehenga atu. E moe, e oki.


Farewell at Waipapa Marae

We are yet to receive full details of the tangihanga, but we understand that before departing for Te Tai Tokerau on Wednesday, Dr Tomas will lie in state at Waipapa Marae, Auckland University.

Dr Tomas is expected at Waipapa Marae between 7am-8am tomorrow. Te Rakau Ture will do the haka powhiri. Anyone is welcome to join the staff and students.


THRMOA also intend to take an ope on to Waipapa Marae at 6.30pm tomorrow evening. Please meet at the waharoa (entrance) at 6.10pm.

We will confirm further details here and via facebook as they become available to us.

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