Maori Land Court Judges appointed

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Two new Maori Court Judges have been appointed it was announced today. Sarah Reeves and Judge Heemi Taumaunu are the newest Judges of the M?ori Land Court.

Sarah Reeves (Te Atiawa) and Judge Taumaunu (Ngati Porou, Ngai Tahu) have ample skills and experience to undertake the role of Judge, and they will complement the current Bench of the M?ori Land Court. Sarah Reeves is an experienced lawyer, primarily in the in-house legal environment, and will bring to the Maori Land Court valuable commercial and property law skills and experience, said Maori Party Co-leader, Dr Sharples.

Judge Taumaunu has held a District Court warrant since January 2004, operating out of the Waitakere District Court. He has had a significant leadership role in the development of the Rangatahi Court, and he presides at the first Rangatahi Court established at Te Poho Rawiri Marae in Gisborne.

While acting principally as a Maori Land Court Judge, Judge Taumaunu will also continue his work with the Rangatahi (Youth) Court and therefore hold warrants for both the District Court and Maori Land Court.

The bond between the people and their whenua is central to all Maori, and the Maori Land Court recognises and supports this, said Dr Sharples.

I am certain that both will make fine Judges of the Maori Land Court and I congratulate them both on their appointments, he said.

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