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Lawyers appointed to censorship appeal board

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Film and Literature Board of Review member Kate Davenport QC has been appointed as President of the Board from 1 January 2016 for the remainder of her term, ending on 13 April 2017.

Ms Davenport's is one of a number of appointments to the Board of Review, commending from 1 January 2016. The Board is established under section 91 of the Films,  Videos and Publications Classification Act 1993 as a statutory appeal body to review classification decisions of the Office of Film and Literature Classification.

photo of Kate Davenport QC 
Kate Davenport QC.

Ms Davenport has practised as a lawyer since 1983 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in May 2013. She is also Chair of the National Ethics Committee Assisted Reproductive Technology and Deputy Chair of the Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal.

Auckland lawyer Nigel Dunlop has been appointed Deputy President of the Board for a three-year term. Mr Dunlop is a barrister/mediator and has practised family law for 30 years. He is also Chair of the Mental Health Review Tribunal and Chair of a Real Estates Agents Authority Complaints Assessment Committee, and a member of the Retirement Villages Adjudication Panel.

Dunedin lawyer Gillian Ferguson has been appointed to the Board of Review for a three-year term. She has experience in human rights and policy development, particularly around women's issues.

Wellington in-house lawyer Jeff Sissons has been appointed for a three-year term. He is General Counsel for the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions and a member of a number of boards, including the Accident Compensation Corporation Advocates Representatives Group and the Good Faith Code Committee.

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