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Māori Land Court Judge being sought

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A new Judge of the Māori Land Court is being sought and the Minister for Māori Development is calling for expressions of interest.

The position is based in Wellington.

The Māori Land Court’s primary objective under Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 is to promote and assist in the retention of Māori land in the hands of its owners, and the effective use, management and development of that land by or on behalf of its owners, their whānau and hapū.

A Māori Land Court Judge’s core responsibility is to exercise the jurisdiction of the Māori Land Court and the Māori Appellate Court conferred by Statute, principally under Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993. The Chairperson of the Waitangi Tribunal may also appoint judges of the Māori Land Court under the Treaty of Waitangi Act 1975 to serve as presiding officers for Waitangi Tribunal inquiries.

The successful candidate for the position of Māori Land Court Judge should demonstrate legal excellence, as well as knowledge and understanding of te reo Māori, tikanga Māori and the Treaty of Waitangi. Candidates must also have held a practising certificate as a barrister or solicitor for at least seven years.

Expressions of interest must be in by 23 October, 2018.