December 26, 2012
Ngāi Tahu lawyer joins Waitangi Tribunal
A veteran bureaucrat, a former Labour cabinet minister and a lawyer who has been a key part of Ngāi Tahu’s team are among the latest appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal.
Māori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples says Miriama Evans, Rawinia Higgins, Paul Swain and Nick Davidson will serve three-year terms on the Waitangi Tribunal from 1st of January.
Professor Sir Hirini Mead was reappointed for a further term.
Ms Evans from Ngāti Mutunga and Ngāi Tahu has been a senior advisor in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and edited an anthology of New Zealand poetry.
She now lectures on contemporary Māori issues at Victoria University and advises the St John’s Theological College on ways to increase Māori participation in the Anglican Church.
Dr Higgins, a fluent Māori speaker, is an associate professor at the Victoria University Māori studies department, Te Kawa ā Maui.
She has researched Māori language revitalisation, and has also written on moko kauae.
Mr Swain held a range of ministerial portfolios and after leaving politics has worked as a crown negotiator on treaty settlements.
Mr Davidson is a former Bell Gully partner who was part of the team who negotiated Ngāi Tahu’s treaty settlement.