Mr Jayden Jesse Kevin Houghton

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Jayden Houghton is of Rereahu Maniapoto (King Country). Jayden specialises in property and Treaty issues. He is committed to learning-focused teaching and student wellbeing. He also holds a degree in music and composes for piano. Other interests include the works of Björk, David Lynch and Haruki Murakami.

Research | Current

Jayden's research interests include property theory, the history of copyright law, the rationality of the colonial legislature, Indigenous peoples' rights to knowledge and culture, Māori political authority, and the principle of "partnership" in Waitangi Tribunal claims. He has provided expert advice for working groups on Māori claims to mātauranga Māori and taonga Māori. He has also been invited to speak in panel discussions on these issues, including at the Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho Conference on Māori Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights (Whakatū, 2018).

Recent publications:

  • Jayden Houghton "Immediate Indefeasibility with Transactional Uncertainty" (2018) 28 NZULR (accepted for publication).
  • Jayden Houghton "Land Transfer Act 2017" (2018) 24 Auckland U L Rev 317.

Teaching | Current

  • LAW 301 Land Law
  • LAWPUBL 422 Contemporary Tiriti/Treaty Issues

In previous years, Jayden has taken classes and marked for LAW 121G Law and Society, LAW 131 Legal Method, LAW 201 Criminal Law, LAW 298 Legal Research, Writing and Communication, LAW 306 Equity, LAW 316 Jurisprudence and LAW 399 Legal Research 2.


Jayden graduated as a Senior Scholar in 2016, and received a large number of University prizes, awards and scholarships.


Jayden has been responsible for developing the tutorial curriculum used in the Māori and Pacific tutorial programmes. He has been an editor for several law reviews, including the Auckland University Law Review, Public Interest Law Journal and New Zealand Law Review. He has also served on the advisory board for some of these reviews, and as a judge and moderator for a number of law moots and client interviews.

Areas of expertise

  • Land Law
  • Indigenous Peoples' Rights to Knowledge and Culture

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Jayden has served on a number of faculty subcommittees, including Equity & Diversity and International committees.

Contact details

Office hours

​Room 521, Building 810, 1–11 Short Street, Auckland

Office hours as announced in lectures or by appointment.

Primary office location

1-11 SHORT STREET - Bldg 810
Level 5, Room 521
New Zealand