Māori Land Court names new deputy chief judge

Craig Coxhead was previously acting deputy chief judge

Māori Land Court names new deputy chief judge

The Māori Land Court has named a new deputy chief judge in Craig Coxhead.

Coxhead was previously acting deputy chief judge. He brings 16 years of judicial experience and a strong understanding of tikanga Māori, as well as experience tackling issues related to the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 and the Treaty of Waitangi Act 1975.

He served as a judge on the Waitangi Tribunal, the Māori Land Court and the High Court in the Cook Islands. Moreover, he was chief justice of the High Court of Niue.

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The Māori Land Court also brought in Nathan Milner as its newest judge. He has practised commercial law for more than 15 years.

He was a counsel in the Māori Land Court, Māori Appellate Court, High Court and Waitangi Tribunal. He also has private practice experience from his stints at a large national firm and a small boutique.

“With considerable experience in Māori land law, trusts law, estates, commercial and contract matters, Māori Fisheries Act 2004 issues and disputes, legislative development, and dispute management and resolution, I am confident Mr Milner will thrive in the opportunity before him as Māori Land Court judge”, Minister for Māori Development Tama Potaka said.

Coxhead and Milner will be sworn in next month.

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