October 02, 2016
University of Auckland Law Graduate Jonaan McLeod on Te Wahanga Parakuihi with Dale Husband
University of Auckland Law Graduate Jonaan McLeod
On Friday 30 September, 100 people were admitted to the bar, as Barristers and Solicitors of
the High Court. In order to practise law in New Zealand, it is necessary first to obtain a
law degree, and then undergo further training in order to be admitted to the High Court.
At the formal ceremony a moving counsel is required to move that the candidate be
admitted to the bar, and in this instant it can be conducted in Te Reo Maori.
Siaosi Tofi was my moving counsel, and conducted himself in Te Reo Maori and English,
being the only counsel to do so in that ceremony.
Once candidates have then signed the roll in the High Court, they are now qualified to
practise in New Zealand. Approximately 900 candidates are admitted each year in NZ.
Whanau came as well as tauira and whanau from the University of Auckland where I studied
and currently work.
It's an auspicious occasion and there were 6 Maori in total being admitted on Friday.
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