The New Zealand legal profession is deeply saddened with news of the death of John Te Manihera Chadwick, New Zealand Law Society President Kathryn Beck says.
“John Chadwick was the founder of Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa, the Māori Law Society in 1988. He was the last Māori law graduate from the 1960s still in practice and his passing leaves a huge gap in our profession. He became the first life member of Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa in recognition of the great contribution he made to the emerging influence of Māori lawyers in the profession.
“John was a man who was respected by all. He was a lawyer for over forty years and he practised with vision, kindness, compassion, humour and common sense. He was a wonderful orator and a wonderful mentor and role model for young Māori embarking on a career in the law. This is a sad time for Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa and the whole legal profession. The New Zealand Law Society joins with Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa in turning our thoughts to Steve and their tamariki, mokopuna and wider whānau and hapū.”