Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Minister announces Waitangi Tribunal Appointments

Hon Dr Pita Sharples
Minister of Maori Affairs

24 December 2012 Press Release

Minister announces Waitangi Tribunal Appointments

Minister of Māori Affairs, Hon Dr Pita R Sharples, today announced the appointment of Miriama Evans, Dr Rawinia Higgins, Hon Paul Swain and Nick Davidson to the Waitangi Tribunal. Each has been appointed for a term of three years, from 1 January 2013.

They will join Professor Sir Hirini Mead who was reappointed as a member of the Tribunal today.

“All of these new appointees bring their own set of skills and experience to the Waitangi Tribunal,” said Dr. Pita Sharples.

“Professor Sir Hirini Mead is highly regarded and has made a valuable contribution to the Tribunal to date. He is a respected kaumatua, academic, social scientist and educationalist, and I consider that the level of his experience and skills will be valuable in the on-going work of the Tribunal.”

New appointees, Miriama Evans, Dr Rawinia Higgins, Hon Paul Swain and Nick Davidson were appointed to the Tribunal due to the level of skills and experience

Dr Sharples said “Miriama Evans and Dr Rawinia Higgins are two wahine who have both had impressive careers whilst lending their knowledge and experience in iwi governance roles.”

“Miriama Evans has worked extensively in the public sector as a senior official, and holds a wealth of experience in iwi governance. Dr. Rawinia Higgins is fluent in te reo Maori and is a widely published Maori academic with iwi experience.”

“Hon Paul Swain has held numerous Ministerial portfolios during his political career that spanned 15 years. He currently works in the private sector and has intimate knowledge of the Treaty settlements sector having worked as a Chief Crown Negotiator.”

“Nicholas Davidson has worked extensively in the field of law. During his career as a lawyer he gained considerable experience and knowledge of the Treaty settlement process through representing a number of iwi and pan-Maori clients.”

Dr Sharples said “all five appointees possess broad ranging skills and experience that will support the on-going effectiveness of the Tribunal. I congratulate each of them for their appointment, and also welcome the contribution that they will be making to the Tribunal moving forward.”

“I would also like to thank those members of the Tribunal whose term has ended for their contribution over the last few years.”

“Finally, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, on this Christmas Eve.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news