Valmaine Toki is of Nga Puhi, Ngati Wai and Ngati Rehua descent. She is currently based at Te Piringa/Faculty of Law at the University of Waikato, in New Zealand. She is also a Vice Chair on the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Valmaine joined the GNHRE Core Team in January 2013, and has special responsibility for outreach and coordination with Indigenous groups and organisations.
Valmaine has taught at the Faculty of Law, University of Auckland within the areas of Contemporary Treaty and Māori Issues, Jurisprudence and Legal Method. As a He Ture Pumau scholar Valmaine previously worked for Te Ohu Kai Moana Trustee Ltd on Māori fisheries, aquaculture and asset allocation. She has assisted in cases to the Māori Land Court, the Environment Court, and the High Court and as a Treaty negotiator for her hapu.
Valmaine’s research interests lie within the area of human and indigenous rights, therapeutic jurisprudence and resource management. Recently she has undertaken research into ‘therapeutic jurisprudence’ as a vehicle to implement indigenous legal systems/tikanga Māori to reduce the disproportionate number of Māori criminal offenders. This envisages a specialist indigenous court that embraces Māori customs, ethics, values, and norms.