Moana Kauwhakatuakina Jackson is of Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine and Ngati Porou descent from the east coast of Aotearoa (New Zealand). Moana is a respected lawyer who graduated from Victoria University in Wellington and is highly regarded throughout Māoridom and mainstream Aotearoa for his measured and important contributions to the struggles of the Māori people in terms of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) 1840, sovereignty issues and Indigenous rights. Moana helped develop the original Wai 262 claim relating to intellectual property rights for indigenous flora and fauna and the rights of Māori over their Taonga*. Moana has recently co-chaired a major Working Group on Constitutional Transformation that was charged with developing a new constitution for Aotearoa based on the Treaty of Waitangi.
*Taonga is any treasure in Maori culture, tangible or intangible, including flora and fauna, waterways, fisheries, language, spiritual beliefs and practices etc.