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Waitangi Tribunal appointments

Hon Dr Pita Sharples

Minister of Maori Affairs

3 December 2013 Press Release
Waitangi Tribunal appointments

The Minister of Māori Affairs, Hon Dr Pita Sharples, today announced the reappointment of Professor Sir Tamati Reedy, Dr Robyn Anderson, Hon Sir Douglas Kidd and Dr Ann Parsonson to the Waitangi Tribunal, each for a term of three years.

“I am pleased to announce the reappointment of Professor Sir Tamati Reedy, Dr Robyn Anderson, Hon Sir Douglas Kidd and Dr Ann Parsonson. Due to the calibre of skills and experience held by each of these candidates, the continuation of their member terms will be vital in the on-going effectiveness of the Waitangi Tribunal,” said Dr. Pita Sharples.

Professor Sir Tamati Reedy was first appointed to the Tribunal in 2010. From 1983 to 1989 he was Secretary of Māori Affairs and in 1990 he was awarded the New Zealand Medal for public service. In 1996, he was appointed to the University of Waikato as Foundation Dean and Professor to establish the new School of Māori and Pacific Development, and was awarded the title Emeritus Professor by the University of Waikato in December 2009. In 2010, he was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (KNZM) for his services to education.

Dr Robyn Anderson, an historian, was first appointed to the Tribunal in 2004, prior to this Dr Anderson was head of the History and Pacific Cultures department at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand. She has a wealth of experience in report-writing, having written a number of Tribunal reports and reports for the Crown Forestry Rental Trust. She was also the lead historian for the Hauraki Māori Trust Board during its claim.

Hon Sir Douglas Kidd has been a Tribunal member since 2004. He is a former partner in a law firm and has practised Māori land law. He is a former member of Parliament, former Minister of Māori Affairs and former Speaker of the House. His strong legal and political experience is highly relevant and valuable to the role of Tribunal member. Hon Sir Douglas Kidd was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2000 and received a Knighthood in 2009.

Dr Ann Parsonson has been a Tribunal member since 2001. She is amongst the nation’s most experienced historians specialising in Māori and Treaty history, with over 30 years academic and research experience.

“I offer my warmest congratulations to each of the candidates on their respective reappointments to the Tribunal” said Dr Sharples.

ENDS

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