Ngati Pikiao has new judge in the High Court (VIDEO)

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Auckland lawyer Christian Nathanial Whata who affliate to Ngati Pikiao has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

Mr Whata graduated with a BA and LLB ( Hons ) from Auckland University in 1992. After spending time as a solicitor at Simpson Grierson and Kensington Swan, he went to Cambridge University where he obtained an LLM (First Class).

On his return to New Zealand he joined Russell McVeagh and became a partner in 2001. Christian has in-depth experience in project development, obtaining consents for a range of projects from major shopping centres to wind farms and hydro generation projects. His experience includes major litigation onMaori rights (including land and fisheries litigation). An integral part of his work is dispute resolution and he is skilled at assisting negotiations.

He is a co-author of chapters on Maori Issues and Environmental Litigation in Nolan Environmental Law and a former President of Te Runanga Roia o Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland Maori Lawyers Association), and sits as a Board member of the St Stephens and Queen Victoria Schools Trust Board.

The new Judge will sit in Christchurch from 1 March 2011.

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The High Court was established in December 1841 and was known until 1980 as the Supreme Court. Its establishment followed the arrival in New Zealand of the first Chief Justice, William Martin, and it heard its first case in January 1842.

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