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5 February, 2016

Appointment of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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18 December, 2015

Deed of Settlement signed with Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa

The Crown has signed a Deed of Settlement with Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa settling the iwi’s historical Treaty of Waitangi claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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12 December, 2015

Agreement in principle signed with Ngaati Hinerangi

The Crown has signed an agreement in principle with Ngaati Hinerangi to settle its historical Treaty of Waitangi claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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11 December, 2015

Acting District Court Judges appointed

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

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9 December, 2015

Appointment of Judge of the High Court

Auckland Queen’s Counsel Paul Davison has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney General Christopher Finlayson QC announced today.

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5 December, 2015

Te Urewera launches Statement of Priorities

The Crown and Ngāi Tuhoe welcome the launch of Te Urewera’s inaugural Statement of Priorities in Taneatua today.

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20 November, 2015

Employment Court Judge appointed

Kerry Smith, barrister and solicitor of Christchurch, has been appointed an Employment Court Judge, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC announced today.

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19 November, 2015

Attorney-General pays tribute to retiring coroner Garry Evans

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC has acknowledged the contribution to the coronial system and Wellington legal community of Coroner Garry Evans, whose final hearing is being held today.

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19 November, 2015

Antarctica New Zealand Board appointments

Acting Foreign Minister Christopher Finlayson today announced three new appointments to Antarctica New Zealand’s management board.

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16 November, 2015

Appointment of Solicitor-General

Una Jagose has been appointed Solicitor-General, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC announced today.

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16 November, 2015

Appointment of Dunedin Coroner

Brigitte Windley has been appointed a Coroner, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC announced today. Ms Windley will replace retiring Dunedin Coroner David Crerar.

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14 November, 2015

Deed of Settlement signed with Rangitāne o Manawatū

The Crown has signed a deed of settlement with Rangitāne o Manawatū settling the iwi’s outstanding historical Treaty of Waitangi claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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7 November, 2015

Deed of Settlement signed with Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki

The Crown has signed a deed of settlement with Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki at Umupuia Marae, Maraetai in Auckland, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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21 October, 2015

Consultation on Contract and Commercial Law Bill begins

The Government is seeking submissions on an exposure draft of the Contract and Commercial Law Bill, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC announced today.

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16 October, 2015

Appointment of Judge of the High Court

Wellington Queen’s Counsel Matthew Palmer has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney General Christopher Finlayson QC announced today.

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30 September, 2015

Appointment of Judge of the High Court

Wellington Queen’s Counsel Karen Clark has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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26 September, 2015

Deed of Settlement signed with Heretaunga Tamatea

The Crown has signed a Deed of Settlement with Heretaunga Tamatea settling the iwi’s historical Treaty of Waitangi claims, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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10 September, 2015

Minister welcomes scholarship to mark land march anniversary

Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson has welcomed a leading law firm’s decision to provide a scholarship to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1975 Land March.

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9 September, 2015

Treaty settlements passed for four Te Hiku iwi

Four Te Hiku iwi will have their Treaty settlements enacted into law following the successful third reading of the Te Hiku Claims Settlement Bill, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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9 September, 2015

Te Kawerau ā Maki Bill passes third reading

The Te Kawerau ā Maki Claims Settlement Bill passed its third and final reading today, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson announced.

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5 September, 2015

Deed of Settlement signed with Taranaki Iwi

The Crown has signed a deed of settlement with Taranaki Iwi settling all their outstanding historical Treaty claims at Pukeiti Gardens, Taranaki, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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3 September, 2015

Solicitor-General to Step Down

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC has thanked Solicitor-General Michael Heron QC for three years of outstanding service to the Crown, following Mr Heron’s decision to step down from the role.

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1 September, 2015

Appointment of Judge of the Court of Appeal

The Honourable Justice Stephen Kós has been appointed a Judge of the Court of Appeal, Attorney General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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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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