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Environment Judge Appointed

Hon Dr Michael Cullen

1 August 2006 Media Statement

Environment Judge Appointed

Picton barrister Brian Dwyer has been appointed an Environment Judge, Attorney-General Michael Cullen announced today.

Mr Dwyer was admitted to the bar in 1973. He has been based in Blenheim since then, most recently in the partnership, Radich Dwyer.

As counsel to the Marlborough District Council since 1992, his work has involved him in all aspects of resource management practice. He has worked as an independent hearings commissioner for local authorities in Kaikoura, Nelson and Marlborough.

Mr Dwyer appeared as counsel before the Court of Appeal in the foreshore and seabed case and has had considerable experience in aquaculture legislation. He presented submissions to the select committee hearing the Aquaculture Moratorium Bill and has worked as an expert witness for the select committee hearing submissions on other aquaculture reform legislation.

Mr Dwyer was the Marlborough District Law Society's president from 1990 to 1991. He has also served on the Marlborough Health Trust, St Mary’s School Board of Trustees and on the Marlborough Rugby Football Union Executive.

Mr Dwyer will be sworn in on 1 September and will sit in Wellington.


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