Attorney-General congratulates two retired judges on New Year Honours list

"We owe both a debt of gratitude for their achievements," he says

Attorney-General congratulates two retired judges on New Year Honours list

Attorney-General David Parker has congratulated two retired members of the judiciary who have been included in the 2021 New Year Honours list.

The two retired judges are Hon Tony Randerson QC and Hon Lyn Stevens QC, both of whom have been appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the judiciary.

In a statement, Parker said both judges have undertaken work that “set the groundwork for important and far-reaching change benefitting all New Zealanders.”

Randerson chaired the government’s review of the Resource Management Bill in 1991. More recently he chaired an independent panel conducting the most comprehensive review of New Zealand's resource management system since 1991, delivering the panel's report to the government in June 2020.

“The panel, chaired by Hon Tony Randerson, designed a plan for tomorrow’s resource management system to deliver better outcomes for the environment, people and the economy,” said Parker.

Meanwhile, Stevens headed the Government’s 2016/17 inquiry into the Havelock North water contamination, which recommended the mandatory treatment of all public drinking water supplies in New Zealand, and called for the establishment of a dedicated drinking water regulator.

“Drinking water is the most basic determinant of health,” said Parker. “The report led by Hon Lyn Stevens highlighted the failures in our system and recommended changes to substantially improve the safety of drinking water across the country.”

“We owe both a debt of gratitude for their achievements and their outstanding contributions.”

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