Ethan

Ethan Jerome-Leota

UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader

Ethan was born and bred in the Waikato and graduated from the University of Waikato in 2017, he commenced his legal career at Waikato-Tainui in 2018. Ethan is passionate about advocating for his iwi, delivering on their aspirations and creating opportunity for the next generation. He is committed to helping others navigate through complex legal issues and creating solutions for everyone involved.

Ethan currently serves as Waikato Māngai (Regional Representative) on Te Hunga Roia Māori o Aotearoa (Māori Law Society), where he contributes to Māori legal issues, networking with other practitioners and creating opportunities for Māori law students.

In late 2017 Ethan was one of 10 students from Te Piringa-Faculty of Law selected for the Prime Minister’s Scholarship to Latin America. The focus for the group was to develop an understanding of the unique legal environment in Latin America. This was an opportunity for Ethan to share his indigenous perspective and Treaty of Waitangi issues with their indigenous people.

He wants to make a positive impact for future generations. “Mahia te mahi, hei painga mo te iwi – Do the work for the betterment of the people”, Princess Te Puea Herangi.

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