New Judges Announcement

Kei aku iti kei aku rahi tēnā koutou tēnā tātou katoa!  Ka waipuketia ngā roimata mo te hunga kua riro ki te pō, hoki atu koutou ki ngā paepae o Matariki.  Hoki ora mai ai ki tātou ngā kanohi ora, tēnā tātou.  Tēnā hoki tātou e tiaki i a tātou anō, e whai oranga pai, e haumarutia ai o tātou whānau i raro i ngā āhuatanga i tēnei wā o te mate korona.

E rau rangatira ma, nōku te hōnore ki te whakapaoho tēnei pānuitanga motuhake.  E rere te au o mihi ki te tokotoru e tatū nei ki te pae o ngā Kaiwhakawā o Te Kooti Whenua Māori me te Roopu Whakamana i te Tiriti, karanga mai mihi mai.

Tangi ana te reo o te pūkāea  ki tēnei uri ō Ngāti Kahungunu me Kai Tahu Iwi, e te tuahine e RACHEL MULLINS nau mai haere mai!

Tahurihuri ana te rere o te kōauau  ki te awa o Manawatū.  Tū mai rā e te whare o Te Poho o Te Whatuiāpiti.  Ki tēnei uri o Rākautātahi Marae, AIDAN WARREN rarau mai ra!

Pupuhi ana e te hau tapu o te pūtātara ki tēnei uri me ōna iwi i whakatakotō te ara hei hīkoinga māna.  E ngā iwi o Tuhoe, Ngati Manawa, Te Aupouri, Whakatohea, Ngai Tai ki Torere, Ngāti Maniapoto tēnei a TE KANI WILLIAMS whakatau mai.

I am very pleased to announce the Minister of Māori development has confirmed the appointments of Rachel Mullins, Aidan Warren and Te Kani Williams as permanent judges of the Māori Land Court.

  • Rachel Mullins

Currently director at Whakamana Law and Consultancy Ltd and holds an LLB, BA (Māori) from the University of Otago and has over 17 ½ years’ legal experience predominantly in Māori land law.

  • Aidan Warren

Currently leading the Māori legal team at McCaw Lewis and has an LLB/LLM from Waikato University and has over 20 years’ legal practice experience.

  • Te Kani Williams

Currently director at Wackrow Williams & Davies Ltd and has over 20 years’ experience in legal practice across Commercial, Civil Litigation, Small to Medium business work, Family, Māori Legal Issues and Treaty Work.  Te Kani has a BA/LLB from the University of Auckland.

 As the country continues to navigate COVID (Delta Variant), swearing in ceremonies will be managed to align with the court protocols that exists at the time.  The dates for the swearing in ceremonies will be confirmed at a later date.  Once sworn in, the judges will be based as follows:

Judge

Chambers

Region

Judge Mullins Hamilton Waikato/Maniapoto
Judge Warren Hamilton Aotea
Judge Williams Whangārei Te Taitokerau

My congratulations, and the congratulations of all my fellow judges, to Ms Mullins, Mr Warren and Mr Williams.  I look forward to us formally welcoming them as they begin their new journey as a part of the Māori Land Court bench.

Kei tō te ihu takoto ake, kei tō waenganui tirohia.  Tēnei ākina, rite kia rite, rite kia rite!

Nāku iti nei

W W Isaac

CHIEF JUDGE

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