James Hudson ConstellateNZ
James Hudson is the Managing Director of ConstellateNZ. He was raised in the Mataatua tribal region and is of the Ngāti Awa, Tuhoe, Ngāti Pukeko and Ngaitai tribes. In his early career, Hudson practiced public and commercial law during and advised leading Māori tribes and organisations on governance and corporate matters. While practicing, he also taught part-time at his tribal university in indigenous jurisprudence and constitutional law. Hudson then took up an academic position at Massey University and led several significant research collaborations amongst Māori and Crown research institutes looking at Maori governance and development. While at Massey University, he completed his Ph.D. and constructed an integrated outcomes framework to measure tribal progress and resilience. Most recently, Hudson leads data innovations in local and central government contexts, including a report of data measuring the wellbeing of Maori in Auckland, a co-designed framework between Auckland Council and Maori organisations and families in Auckland, and a partnership between Statistics NZ and Maori to co-design a set of indicators to measure the wellbeing and sustainability of Aotearoa New Zealand.