Appointments to the Māori Land Court

Minister for Māori Development, Willie Jackson announced today the appointment of Te Kani Williams, Aidan Warren and Rachel Mullins as Judges of the Māori Land Court.

Willie Jackson said the three appointees are respected lawyers in their areas of private practice, the legal profession and in their community.

“The Māori Land Court continues to play a fundamental role supporting whānau to thrive by enabling them to connect with, use and manage their whenua. All three new Judges will make valuable contributions to the knowledge and leadership of the current bench,” Willie Jackson said.

“Mr Williams (Tūhoe, Ngāti Manawa, Te Aupōuri, Whakatōhea, Ngāi Tai ki Torere, and Ngāti Maniapoto) will preside as Judge of the Māori Land Court for Te Tai Tokerau District. He has more than 20 years’ experience as a legal practitioner and was a director of Wackrow, Williams and Davies Limited. Mr Williams’ expertise spans Commercial, Civil litigation, small to medium business work, Family, Māori Legal issues and Te Tiriti work.

“Mr Warren (Rangitāne, Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāi Tahu) is appointed to preside as Judge of the Māori Land Court for Te Waipounamu Districts. He was a director at McCaw Lewis and has more than 20 years’ experience in legal practice. Mr Warren is a skilled mediator and has significant experience in the Māori Land Court and Waitangi Tribunal.

“Ms Mullins (Ngāti Kahungunu and Kai Tahu) will replace Judge Patrick Savage upon the expiry of his warrant. She has 17 ½ years’ legal experience concentrated in Māori land law, including in the Māori Land Court, Māori Appellate Court and Waitangi Tribunal. As a current director of Whakamana Law and Consultancy, Ms Mullins also demonstrates the necessary leadership experience required in the role of Māori Land Court Judge,” Willie Jackson said.

Their appointments are effective from 30 September 2021.

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