Temporary Māori Land Court Judge appointed
Hon Dr Pita Sharples
Minister of Maori Affairs
Temporary Māori Land Court Judge
Lawyer Michael Doogan has been appointed a
temporary judge of the Māori Land Court for two years,
Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples announced
“Michael Doogan is an experienced lawyer, with
extensive experience in the Waitangi Tribunal representing
both the Crown and iwi claimants. His depth of knowledge
will be of great value to the current bench of the Māori
Land Court,” said Dr Sharples.
“I congratulate Mr
Doogan on his appointment, which commences on 21 January
2013,” he said.
A temporary appointment is needed to
assist with the workload of the Māori Land Court and the
Waitangi Tribunal. Māori Land Court judges also act as
Presiding Officers in the Tribunal.
The Māori Land Court
plays an important role in the administration of Māori land
in accordance with provisions in the Te Ture Whenua Māori
“Te Kooti Whenua Māori acts to assist the
retention, use, development and control of Māori land as
taonga tuku iho by Māori owners, whānau, hapū and
descendants,” said Dr
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For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
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