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Indigenous and Environmental rights advocate

dayle takitimu

Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Ngāti Porou

Dayle Takitimu is an indigenous māmā armed with a law degree and a strong sense of justice. She is an indigenous rights lawyer and holds a Masters in Law
(Hons) specialising in international environmental law and is a graduate of the United Nations World Intellectual Property Academy (Geneva), and the
International Indigenous Women’s Global Leadership School (2015) hosted by the International Indigenous Women's Forum and Columbia University at the United Nations Headquarters (New York).

Dayle’s career experience has seen her work in law reform, at the Law Commission, legal education at Victoria University Faculty of Law, in constitutional change through the Māori Legal Service, in Māori land matters through the Courts, the Waitangi Tribunal and international fora. She maintains strong international networks with indigenous legal and human rights mentors, and continues to contribute to global indigenous jurisprudence and analysis.

Dayle has co-led her iwi in Treaty negotiations, and spearheaded the development of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui Intergenerational Strategy for Self Determination. Her legal practice, Taunaki Legal, specialises in indigenous constitutional matters, and seeks legal space to champion indigenous truths and dismantle colonial fictions. Including two anthologies of poetry, Dayle’s written work has been published internationally and translated into four languages.


Her current work sees her at the forefront of law reform, having advocated for more genuine space for rangatiratanga in the climate law and policy.

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