27 February, 2013
New Immigration and Protection Tribunal Chair appointed
Judge Carrie Wainwright has been appointed the new Chairperson of the Immigration and Protection Tribunal, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.
She replaces Judge W K (Bill) Hastings, who will sit full-time on the District Court.
The Tribunal is an independent body established to hear appeals and applications regarding residence class visas, deportation (including appeals on the facts and humanitarian grounds) and claims to be recognised as a refugee or as a protected person.
Prior to her appointment to the Bench, Judge Wainwright was a partner in Buddle Findlay. She was appointed as a Māori Land Court Judge in 2000 and served on the Waitangi Tribunal for ten years, including six years as the Deputy Chairperson. Since 2010, Judge Wainwright has sat on the District Court Bench in Wellington.