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 reports.

Jayden is currently writing on the Wai 262 Ko Aotearoa Tēnei report, which is the Waitangi Tribunal's report into claims concerning law and policy affecting Māori culture and identity. 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).

Teaching | Current

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 301 Land Law, LAW 306 Equity, LAW 316 Jurisprudence, LAW 399 Legal Research 2, and LAWPUBL 422 Contemporary Tiriti/Treaty Issues.

Postgraduate supervision

Jayden supervises dissertations on:

  • Indigenous peoples' rights to knowledge and culture
  • The Waitangi Tribunal process and its effect on Māori claims
  • The principle of "partnership" in Waitangi Tribunal reports
  • The new Land Transfer Act 2017 (including the new manifest injustice exception)
  • The doctrine against clogs on the equity of redemption
  • The history of intellectual property in New Zealand


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


Jayden is the current editor of Te Tai Haruru: Journal of Māori and Indigenous Issues. He has previously served as an editor and a member of the advisory board for several other law reviews, including the Public Interest Law Journal, the New Zealand Law Review and the Auckland University Law Review, for which he also co-authored a special feature to mark 50 years of the Review.

Jayden is a member of Te Tai Haruru and the Aotearoa New Zealand Centre for Indigenous Peoples and the Law, and currently oversees the Māori Academic Programme. In previous years, he has been responsible for developing the tutorial curriculum used in the Māori and Pacific tutorial programmes.

Jayden also serves from time to time as a judge or moderator for law moots and client interviews.

Areas of expertise

  • Land Law
  • Indigenous peoples' rights to knowledge and culture (particularly Māori rights to mātauranga Māori and taonga Māori)
  • The Waitangi Tribunal process and its effect on Māori claims

Jayden's research fits into the following research areas:

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Houghton, J. (2018). Immediate indefeasibility with transactional uncertainty. New Zealand Universities Law Review, 28 (2), 261-292.
  • Houghton, J. (2018). Land Transfer Act 2017. Auckland University Law Review, 24, 317-334.

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