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26 August, 2015

Law Society gets it wrong

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC today expressed his disappointment at the lack of rigour shown by the Law Society in its recent press release criticising provisions of the Health and Safety Reform Bill.

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24 August, 2015

Minister responds to Hauraki Mayor

Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson has today responded to Hauraki District Council Mayor John Tregidga’s statements about Hauraki Treaty negotiations.

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12 August, 2015

Further progress for Treaty settlements

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Planning Committee Bill passed its third reading in the House today, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced.

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12 August, 2015

Two Treaty settlement bills pass first reading

The Hineuru Claims Settlement Bill and the Ngāruahine Claims Settlement Bill passed their first readings today in extended sitting hours, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced.

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10 August, 2015

Judicial Conduct Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner appointed

Alan Ritchie has been appointed Judicial Conduct Commissioner and Kathryn Snook has been appointed Deputy Judicial Conduct Commissioner, both for a term of five years effective from 31 August 2015, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC announced today.

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30 July, 2015

Appointment of Auckland Coroner

Auckland barrister Debra Bell has been appointed a coroner, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC announced today.

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24 July, 2015

Appointment of Queen’s Counsel

Three lawyers have been appointed Queen’s Counsel this year, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC announced today.

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14 July, 2015

Attorney-General satisfied with conduct of Crown Law

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson today announced he is satisfied with the conduct of Crown Law in relation to R v Banks.

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9 July, 2015

Judge Advocate General appointed

Kevin Riordan ONZM has been appointed Judge Advocate General of the Armed Forces, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC announced today.

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7 July, 2015

Acting District Court Judges appointed

Ten acting District Court Judges have been appointed, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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6 July, 2015

Attorney-General extends condolences following the death of Sir Ronald Davison

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson today paid tribute to former Chief Justice of New Zealand, Sir Ronald Davison GBE, CMG, QC, who died last week aged 94.

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29 June, 2015

Establishment of Legislation Design and Advisory Committee

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson today announced the establishment of the Legislation Design and Advisory Committee to improve the quality and effectiveness of legislation.

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25 June, 2015

Reappointment of Chief Parliamentary Counsel

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson today announced the reappointment of David Noble as Chief Parliamentary Counsel to 6 May 2016.

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19 June, 2015

Appointment of Judges of the High Court

Christchurch Queen’s Counsel Nicholas Davidson and Auckland Barrister and Solicitor Rebecca Anne Edwards have been appointed Judges of the High Court, Attorney General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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16 June, 2015

Extended term for Acting GCSB Director

The term of the current Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), Una Jagose, has been extended to 31 March 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB, Christopher Finlayson, announced today.

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15 June, 2015

Government commemorates 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson is tonight hosting a function at Parliament to commemorate the 800th Anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta.

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15 June, 2015

Attorney-General mourns death of John Marshall CNZM QC

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson today paid tribute to former New Zealand Law Society President, John Marshall CNZM QC, who died yesterday.

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28 May, 2015

Attorney-General to New York for UNSC meeting

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson travels to New York today to attend the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Open Briefing on foreign terrorist fighters.

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27 May, 2015

Environment Court Commissioners appointed

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson today announced the appointment of Hon Kate Wilkinson of Christchurch and the reappointment of Ms Kathryn Edmonds of Wellington as Commissioners of the Environment Court, both for a five year term.

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22 May, 2015

Terms of Negotiation signed with Ngāpuhi

The Crown and the Tūhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority (Tūhoronuku IMA) have signed Terms of Negotiation and are ready to begin negotiating a Treaty settlement for the benefit of all Ngāpuhi, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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22 May, 2015

Attorney-General expresses sadness at the death of Sir Thomas Gault

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson today paid tribute to the life and career of former Supreme Court Judge, the Rt Hon Sir Thomas Munro Gault, KNZM, QC, who died in Auckland earlier this week.

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21 May, 2015

Funding boost for New Zealand security services

The New Zealand Security Intelligence Service and the Government Communications Security Bureau will each receive new funding of $20 million over the next four years for essential security services, NZSIS and GCSB Minister Christopher Finlayson says.

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18 May, 2015

Crown purchases significant battle site

The Crown has purchased one of the most significant battle sites of the New Zealand Wars, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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30 April, 2015

Appointment of Auckland and Manukau Crown Solicitors

Brian Dickey has been appointed Crown Solicitor for Auckland and Natalie Walker Crown Solicitor for Manukau, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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2 April, 2015

Deed of Settlement signed with Hineuru

The Crown has signed a deed of settlement for all outstanding historical Treaty claims with Hineuru at Parliament, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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31 March, 2015

Court of Appeal Judge and Chief High Court Judge appointed

The Honourable Justice Helen Winkelmann, Chief High Court Judge, has been appointed a Judge of the Court of Appeal and the Honourable Justice Geoffrey John Venning, Judge of the High Court in Auckland, has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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27 March, 2015

Finlayson delivers Crown apology to Ngāruahine

Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson today delivered the Crown’s formal apology to Ngāruahine for historical breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi.

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16 March, 2015

Magna Carta essay competition launched

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson has today launched the Magna Carta 800 Essay Competition for New Zealand students to recognise the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta.

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13 March, 2015

Appointment of Christchurch Coroner

Christchurch barrister Marcus Elliott has been appointed a Coroner, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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10 March, 2015

New District Court Judge appointed

Chief Coroner Deborah Marshall has been appointed a District Court Judge, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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