21 new judges boost diversity, improve access to justice

Twenty-one new District Court judges have been appointed in a move that will improve access to justice and boost diversity on the bench.

The new judges include replacements for retirements and 10 new positions.

Attorney-General David Parker today announced the 14 judges who can immediately be named, with the remainder to be announced later this year.

The 14 Judges named today are:

  • Turitea Bolstad, barrister of New Plymouth, to be based in Gisborne
  • Michelle Duggan, of Nelson, to be based in Christchurch
  • Hana Ellis, Barrister of Auckland, to be based in Whangārei
  • Tony Greig, barrister of Rangiora, to be based in New Plymouth
  • Nicola Grimes, barrister and solicitor of Nelson, to be based in Hamilton
  • Quentin Hix, barrister and solicitor of Timaru, to be based in Christchurch
  • Michelle Howard-Sager, barrister and solicitor of Whanganui, to be based in Kaikohe
  • Gordon Matenga, coroner of Hamilton, to be based in Hastings
  • Alison McLeod, barrister and solicitor of Havelock North, to be based in Invercargill
  • Bruce Northwood, barrister and solicitor of Auckland, to be based in Palmerston North
  • Rachel Paul, barrister and solicitor of Ohope, to be based in Hamilton
  • Brandt Shortland, a coroner for Te Tai Tokerau, to be based in Kaikohe
  • Kiriana Tan, barrister of Hamilton, to be based in Manukau
  • Robyn von Keisenberg, barrister of Auckland, to be based in Auckland

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