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New chair for Human Rights Review Tribunal

Hon Simon Power
Minister of Justice

2 August 2011 Media Statement

New chair for Human Rights Review Tribunal

Justice Minister Simon Power today announced the appointment of Rodger Haines, QC, as chair of the Human Rights Review Tribunal.

The tribunal reviews proceedings after complaints have been dealt with by the Human Rights Commission, the Privacy Commissioner, or the Health and Disability Commissioner.

“Mr Haines brings a wealth of experience in administrative law and a strong human rights background to the tribunal,” Mr Power said.

He replaces Royden Hindle who did not seek reappointment after completing nearly 10 years as chair.

“Mr Hindle has done a superb job as chair and I thank him for his long period of service.”


Rodger Haines is an Auckland barrister who has been heavily involved in refugee law for many years. He was an original member of the Refugee Status Appeals Authority in 1991, and was deputy chair until last year. He also lectures at Auckland University on refugee and immigration law, and has lectured extensively overseas.


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