Tracey Whare

Aotearoa Indigenous Rights Charitable Trust

Tracey Whare (Raukawa and Te Whānau ā Apanui) has just submitted her LLM thesis on indigenous peoples’ rights and international law to the University of Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand. She is currently working as a kaiwhakaako (teaching fellow) at the Auckland University law school.

In 1998 Tracey was an indigenous fellow at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, a role which sparked her interest in indigenous peoples’ rights. Tracey is a trustee of the Aotearoa Indigenous Rights Trust, a charitable trust that focuses on Māori advocacy of indigenous peoples’ rights in international fora. She is also a member of the Monitoring Mechanism, a working group created by the national Iwi Chairs Forum to monitor New Zealand’s implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Prior to commencing her post graduate studies, Tracey served as the Secretariat of the GCG, the indigenous peoples’ working group established to coordinate indigenous peoples’ participation in the UN General Assembly special session known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014.