Expressions of Interest for Judge of the Māori Land Court appointments

Published on Monday, 12 October 2020

The Minister for Māori Development wishes to hear from suitably qualified persons who would like to be considered for the position of Judge of the Māori Land Court.

On behalf of the Minister, Te Puni Kōkiri seek expressions of interest for two positions as Judge of the Māori Land Court. The location of the two positions has not yet been decided and will be confirmed as part of this process.

Conferred by Statute, Māori Land Court judges exercise the jurisdiction of the Māori Land Court and the Māori Appellate Court, principally under Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993. The Māori Land Court is the judicial forum for interaction with owners and interested people about the current and future use, ownership, occupation and management of Māori land.

Under the Treaty of Waitangi Act 1975, the Chair of the Waitangi Tribunal may also appoint judges to serve as presiding officers for Waitangi Tribunal inquiries.

Applicants must have held a practising certificate as a barrister or solicitor for at least seven years. Successful candidates will demonstrate legal excellence, as well as knowledge and understanding of te reo Māori, tikanga Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Read the Position Description to understand all appointment criteria.

Applications close Sunday 8 November 2020.

To apply please complete an Expression of Interest form and provide a full curriculum vitae.

These can be emailed to or post to:

Dave Samuels
Chief Executive
Te Puni Kōkiri
PO Box 3943
Wellington 6140

For further information contact Evan Martin at Te Puni Kōkiri by telephone on (04) 819 6121 or by email at

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