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Judge Bill Hastings appointed chair of BSA

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Wellington Judge Bill Hastings has been appointed chair of the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA), the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Hon Kris Faafoi has announced.

Lawyer Susie Staley of Dunedin also joins the BSA’s board.

Currently a District Court Judge, Bill Hastings was the 10th Chief Censor from 1998 to 2010 and chairperson of the Immigration and Protection Tribunal from July 2010 until February 2013.

He has also previously held positions as senior law lecturer, Deputy Dean of Law and member of the governing Council at Victoria University. He’s been a member of the Video Recordings Authority, the Indecent Publications Tribunal and the Film and Literature Board of Review.

Susie Staley, a partner in Staley Cardoza Lawyers, also brings extensive governance experience. She has chaired Maritime New Zealand and is currently chair for Save the Children NZ and retirement village operator Chatsford Management.

Ms Staley has chaired ID Dunedin Fashion Inc and been a board member of PGG Wrightson, Tower Ltd and Dunedin International Airport.

Both Judge Hastings and Ms Staley’s appointments are until 31 August 2021.

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