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New appointment to the New Zealand Geographic Board

Hon Maurice Williamson
Minister for Land Information

25 August 2011

New appointment to the New Zealand Geographic Board

Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson today announced the appointment of Matanuku Mahuika to the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa – New Zealand’s place naming authority.

Mr Mahuika was nominated for appointment to the Board by the Minister of Māori Affairs. His professional background, skills and experience will strongly support the roles and responsibilities of the Board, Mr Williamson said.

“Mr Mahuika is proficient in Te Reo Māori and tikanga Māori, and he is experienced in a wide range of corporate, commercial, Treaty settlement and public law issues,” Mr Williamson said.

Mr Mahuika is a Director and Deputy Chair of Aotearoa Fisheries Limited, a member of Te Waka Toi and a member of the Rugby World Cup Authority. He is a Member and Past President of the Māori Law Society and holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from Victoria University of Wellington.

"I look forward to Mr Mahuika’s contribution to the Board," Mr Williamson said.

ENDS

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