The Crown has signed an agreement in principle with Maniapoto to settle its historical Treaty claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.
Maniapoto is a central North Island iwi of approximately 35,000 people whose traditional lands encompass the King Country from Kāwhia Harbour to the Waipingao Stream in the west and are bordered inland by the ranges of the Pureora Forest Park.
“Negotiations began earlier this year and reaching today’s milestone demonstrates the commitment and hard work of Maniapoto,” Mr Finlayson said. “Work can now begin on developing a detailed deed of settlement.”
The Agreement in Principle outlines a broad settlement package which includes a Crown acknowledgement and apology for its breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi, financial and commercial redress of $165 million and the return of sites of cultural significance.
A copy of the Agreement in Principle is available at: www.govt.nz/treaty-settlement-documents/maniapoto.
The House of Representatives sat through extended sitting hours this morning to pass the Rangitāne Tū Mai Rā (Wairarapa Tamaki nui-ā-Rua) Claims Settlement Bill and the Ngāti Pūkenga Claims Settlement Bill through their third readings.
“The passing of this legislation enables the people of Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Tamaki nui-ā-Rua and Ngāti Pūkenga to enjoy the benefits of settlement and look forward to a stronger future,” Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson said.
Both settlements provide acknowledgements, apologies and redress for past breaches of the Treaty.
“The government is committed to concluding Treaty settlements with all willing and able iwi and is making excellent progress,” Mr Finlayson said.
“Settlements with all of Rangitāne are now complete and today’s third reading of Ngāti Pukenga’s settlement bill is an important step towards completing Treaty settlements in Tauranga and Hauraki.”
Further information about these settlements is set out in their settlement summaries:Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Tamaki nui-ā-Rua settlement summary Ngāti Pūkenga settlement summary.
Wellington barrister and solicitor Joanna Holden has been appointed an Employment Court Judge, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.
Ms Holden is currently team manager of a public law team at the Crown Law Office and works in the areas of employment law, health and safety law, public law and judicial review.
Prior to joining the Crown Law Office in 2004, she worked at Chapman Tripp specialising in employment law as well as working in general civil, commercial and public law areas. Earlier in her career Ms Holden worked at Kensington Swan in employment law and general civil litigation.
Judge Holden will be sworn in on 8 September 2017 in Wellington.
Tauranga lawyer Anna Pollett has been appointed Crown Solicitor for Tauranga, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.
She takes over the role from Greg Hollister-Jones following his appointment to the District Court Bench in March 2017.
Ms Pollett graduated from Victoria University with an LLB in 2002 and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court in 2003. She is an experienced criminal lawyer who has served 14 years as a Crown prosecutor and appeared for the Crown in a wide variety of criminal matters.
The law firm Hollister-Jones Lellman will support the delivery of Crown prosecution services to the Tauranga region.
The appointment will take effect from 1 August 2017.
Wellington public servant and barrister and solicitor Gerardus van Bohemen has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General Christopher Finlayson announced today.
Justice van Bohemen graduated from Victoria University with a BA (English) in 1977 and an LLB (Hons) 1st Class in 1979. Between 1978 and 1982 he worked for the Legal Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before spending four years at the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations (UN) in New York.
In 1987 Justice van Bohemen returned to New Zealand and was the Deputy Director of the Legal Division at the Ministry of External Relations and Trade, leaving in 1990 to join Russell McVeagh McKenzie Bartleet & Co in Auckland.
In 1993 he returned to New York and spent two years as the Deputy New Zealand Representative to the UN and the UN Security Council. On his return to New Zealand in 1995, he joined the Auckland office of Buddle Findlay as a senior solicitor, becoming a partner in 1996.
Justice van Bohemen joined the partnership of Chen Palmer & Partners in 2004. He returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2005 as Director of the Legal Division and International Legal Adviser to the New Zealand Government and became the Deputy Secretary responsible for Multilateral and Legal Affairs in 2010.
In May 2015 Justice van Bohemen was appointed New Zealand’s Permanent Representative and Ambassador to the UN and New Zealand’s Representative to the UN Security Council.
The new Judge will sit in Auckland.
Wellington barrister Pheroze Jagose has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General Christopher Finlayson announced today.
Justice Jagose graduated with an LLB from the University of Auckland in 1987 and commenced employment as a legal officer with the Northern Government Officers’ Union in Auckland. In 1989 he graduated with an MA in International Relations from Lancaster University and began working as a legal officer with the New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association.
In 1995 Justice Jagose joined the Wellington office of Chapman Tripp as a solicitor, specialising in telecommunications and other corporate commercial litigation. Justice Jagose became a partner at Chapman Tripp in 2000.
Justice Jagose commenced practice as a barrister sole in February 2016, specialising in competition and trade practices as well as company, securities, employment, public and administrative law. He has appeared at all levels of New Zealand’s legal system, including in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
He has been internationally recognised as a leading commercial litigator by independent legal directories Chambers Asia Pacific, Chambers Global and Legal 500 and was the only non-QC barrister ranked by Chambers in New Zealand in 2016.
Justice Jagose is widely published and was involved in designing and supervising the New Zealand Law Society entry‑level Civil Litigation Skills course.
The new Judge will sit in Auckland.
The Crown has signed a Deed of Settlement with Ngāti Tūwharetoa at Waitetoko Marae, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.
“Past actions and omissions by the Crown debilitated the social, economic and cultural structures of Ngāti Tūwharetoa,” Mr Finlayson said. “Today marks the beginning of a new relationship between Ngāti Tūwharetoa and the Crown.”
The settlement provides Crown acknowledgements, an apology and redress for the Crown’s historical breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi.
Ngāti Tūwharetoa will receive financial and commercial redress of $25 million. Cultural redress includes cultural funds totalling $3,950,000 as well as the transfer of 32 properties of cultural significance to the iwi.
Ngāti Tūwharetoa’s historical grievances against the Crown include the prejudicial impacts of native land laws, the breach of obligations relating to Tongariro Maunga and environmental degradation that occurred following the construction of the Tongariro hydro-electric power generation scheme.
“We can never fully compensate Ngāti Tūwharetoa for the wrongs of the past but today’s settlement contributes to a stronger economic and culture future for the iwi.
“This is the 84th deed of settlement signed by the Crown and an important step towards completing Treaty settlements in the Central North Island and throughout New Zealand,” Mr Finlayson said.
The Deed of Settlement is available online at www.govt.nz/treaty-settlement-documents/ngati-tuwharetoa/.
Notes for editors:
With a population of approximately 36,000 people, Ngāti Tūwharetoa is the fifth largest iwi in New Zealand. Its area of interest covers most of the Central North Island region and is centred on Lake Taupō (Taupōmoana) and the Central Plateau.
Ngāti Tūwharetoa received a share of Crown Forest Land in the Central North Island valued at $203 million as part of the 2008 Central North Island Forests Iwi Collective settlement.
Within the next year, the Crown will begin cultural redress negotiations over Tongariro National Park with Ngāti Tūwharetoa and other iwi and hapū with interests in the park.
The House of Representatives sat through extended sitting hours this morning to pass the Ngāti Tamaoho Claims Settlement Bill through its first reading. The Bill has been referred to the Māori Affairs Committee.
“Today is a significant milestone for Ngāti Tamaoho and I acknowledge all those who have worked on this settlement over many years,” Mr Finlayson said.
“This Bill acknowledges the past wrongs of the Crown and provides important redress which recognises the spiritual connection between the iwi and their environment.”
The settlement also provides financial and commercial redress of $10.3 million and a cultural revitalisation fund of $590,000.
The Rangitāne Tū Mai Rā (Wairarapa Tāmaki nui-ā-Rua) Claims Settlement Bill and the Ngāti Pūkenga Claims Settlement Bill passed through second readings during extended sitting hours today.
“The broad cross-party support for these Bills recognises the importance of settling historical Treaty grievances in a full and final fashion,” Mr Finlayson said. “Today the people of these iwi are one step closer to enjoying the benefits of settlement.”
Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson and Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse were in Ottawa, Canada this week to attend the annual Five Country Ministerial.
The Five Country Ministerial brings together Interior Ministers, Immigration Ministers and Attorneys General from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand to discuss a range of common national security issues and identify areas for collaboration. This year topics included counter-terrorism, cyber-security and border security.
“New Zealand takes our partnership with our Five Country colleagues extremely seriously,” Mr Woodhouse says.
“At a time when global terror threats are heightened, these meetings are an opportunity to share intelligence and ideas with our Five Country colleagues, particularly in relation to border security issues and the general movement of people.”
While in Ottawa, Mr Finlayson also attended the Attorneys General Quintet, now in its eighth year. The Quintet brings together the Attorneys General of the same five countries to share approaches to a range of complex and trans-border legal issues.
This year’s meeting included a session led by New Zealand to discuss current legal frameworks for intelligence and evidence in legal proceedings.
“Our countries are dealing with a number of common issues, many of them with cross-border aspects,” Mr Finlayson says.
“These meetings provide a valuable opportunity to work with jurisdictions similar to our own on difficult challenges posed to security, law enforcement and the courts.”
The Five County Ministerial Joint Communiqué issued at the conclusion of the meeting is available here: www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/fv-cntry-mnstrl-2017/index-en.aspx.
The Quintet of Attorneys General Joint Communiqué will be available shortly.
A bill to improve public access to the law has been introduced to Parliament, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.
“This Government is committed to producing an accessible, clear and up-to-date statute book,” Mr Finlayson said. “The Legislation Bill will make it easier to find and access secondary legislation by requiring it to be published on the New Zealand Legislation website alongside Acts of Parliament.”
Currently over 100 agencies are empowered to make secondary legislation on a wide range of matters such as food standards and financial reporting standards. There is no single source for these legislative instruments, many of which are published on agency websites or in gazettes notices.
If enacted, the Legislation Bill will extend the scope of the New Zealand Legislation website to include secondary legislation which will result in a single, official, public source for New Zealand legislation (with the exception of legislation made by local authorities which is not included in the Bill).
“Implementation of the Legislation Bill will provide greater certainty for the public about their rights and obligations, reduce compliance costs and enhance Parliamentary scrutiny of secondary legislation,” Mr Finlayson said.
The Legislation Bill also improves the New Zealand’s legislative framework by:enacting legislative disclosure requirements which require agencies to disclose information about the development and key features of government-initiated legislation at the time of introduction; absorbing the Interpretation Act 1999, with some technical improvements, so that all laws about the making and application of legislation are contained in one piece of legislation; and re-enacting, with minor updates, the Legislation Act 2012.