April 12, 2016
Wharepouri picked for district court
Auckland barrister Mina Wharepouri has been appointed an acting district court judge.
Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson says Mr Wharepouri, who has Maori and Tongan heritage, will be based in Manukau from June.
He started his career with Kensington Swan in 1995 working on treaty issues.
He spent several years in the United Kingdom, earning a masters degree in law at Cambridge and working on the Saville inquiry into the 1972 Bloody Sunday shootings in Derry, Northern Ireland.
On his return in 2005 he joined Meredith Connell, which does a lot of the crown’s prosecution work in district and high court trials,.
Mr Wharepouri also trained police in matters relating to evidence and prosecution.
Since 2012 he has been a barrister sole, working on the defence side of the law.
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