New Zealand’s intellectual property laws need to be updated to protect Māori customary rights

Article  \  9 Jun 2020

AJ Park principal Lynell Tuffery Huria is a strong advocate for the further development of New Zealand’s intellectual property (IP) regime to ensure that Māori culture is used with respect and in accordance with tikanga (Māori customs and traditional values). She was recently interviewed by Māori Television for Te Ao: Māori News on the constant misuse of Māori taonga (highly prized objects or natural resources) on objects such as beer bottles, paintings and prints, and says it is time to reassess the current laws to protect Māori customary rights.

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