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New Appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal

Hon Parekura Horomia

Minister for Maori Affairs

11 July 2008 Media Statement

New Appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal

The appointment of Timothy Castle and Kihi Ngatai, and the reappointment of Joanne Morris, Joseph Northover and Dr Monty Soutar to the Waitangi Tribunal, each for a term of three years, is very welcome says Parekura Horomia, Minister of Māori Affairs.

Timothy Castle and Kihi Ngatai are two new additions to the membership. “They will significantly enhance the Tribunal’s already impressive skill base” says Parekura Horomia. “The three reappointments, Joanne Morris, Joseph Northover and Dr Monty Soutar, will ensure that the Tribunal continues to maintain the excellent calibre of member that it has today. Collectively, these appointees bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Tribunal.”

Timothy Castle has considerable legal experience, including representation of claimants before the Tribunal. He also brings a wealth of knowledge from his experiences in domestic and international fora such as his appointment to the International Court of Arbitration for Sport. “Mr Castle will be a valued addition to the Tribunal,” says Minister Horomia.

The Tribunal will also gain invaluable kaumātua support from these appointments. The newly appointed Kihi Ngatai is a respected elder from the Tauranga area where he has had extensive community involvement. Mr Ngatai is a fluent te reo speaker and has an expert knowledge of tikanga Māori. Similarly, Joseph Northover possesses considerable knowledge of both Māori and contemporary New Zealand worldviews. Mr Northover is also a fluent te reo speaker and an expert in cultural practices. “Both of these candidates are immense assets to the Tribunal in its work.”

Joanne Morris possesses significant Tribunal experience and her long standing contribution continues to be highly valued by the Tribunal. In addition, Ms Morris’ public sector background, which includes a breadth of knowledge in the area of social justice, continues to prove an important resource for the Tribunal.

Dr Monty Soutar is an experienced historian and as such is particularly esteemed by the Tribunal which regularly requires historian skills. Dr Soutar has several publications on Māori history, including an upcoming work on the history of the “C” Company of the 28th Māori Battalion. His work continues to be of great value to the Tribunal.

“I offer my warm congratulations to each of the members on their respective appointments and reappointments,” Minister Horomia says.


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