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23 April, 2014

Ngāti Porou Accord strengthens Crown relationship

The Crown has signed an Accord with Ngāti Porou in Gisborne, formalising the government’s ongoing commitment to the iwi, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson said today.

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17 April, 2014

Te Tau Ihu Treaty settlement legislation passed

The House sat for extended hours this morning to pass four bills giving effect to the final deeds of settlement for historical Treaty claims in the South Island.

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10 April, 2014

Ngā Punawai o Te Tokotoru legislation passed

The House sat under extended hours this morning to pass the third readings of the Ngāti Rangiwewehi Claims Settlement Bill, the Tapuika Claims Settlement Bill, and the Ngāti Rangiteaorere Claims Settlement Bill.

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10 April, 2014

Maungaharuru-Tangitū Hapū Claims Settlement legislation passed

The House sat extended hours this morning to pass the third reading of the Maungaharuru-Tangitū Hapū Claims Settlement Bill, which will give effect to the hapū’s historical Treaty settlement with the Crown.

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10 April, 2014

Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill passes first reading

The Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill, which will modernise the governance structure of the Waitangi National Trust Board, passed its first reading in the House today.

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3 April, 2014

Te Ture Whenua Māori Act review report released

The Government is drafting a new Te Ture Whenua Māori bill to reform the governance and management of Māori land based on the findings of an expert review panel released today, Associate Minister of Māori Affairs Christopher Finlayson has announced.

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1 April, 2014

Criteria finalised for NZ Screen Production Grant

The Government has released the criteria for the New Zealand Screen Production Grant (NZSPG) that comes into effect from today.

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28 March, 2014

Memorial Park one step closer

Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson says he is pleased with the progress being made on the construction of the National War Memorial Park.

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28 March, 2014

Agreement in Principle signed with Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Tamaki Nui-ā-Rua

The Crown has signed an Agreement in Principle to settle historical Treaty of Waitangi claims with Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Tamaki Nui-ā-Rua, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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27 March, 2014

Employment Court judge appointed

Bruce Corkill QC of Wellington has been appointed as an Employment Court Judge, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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26 March, 2014

Whanganui River deed of settlement initialled

The Crown and Whanganui Iwi negotiators have initialled the Whanganui River Deed of Settlement and Te Awa Tupua Framework Document which, if agreed to by Whanganui Iwi members through a ratification process, will settle historical Treaty of Waitangi claims relating to the Whanganui River, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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20 March, 2014

Acting District Court Judge appointed

Tony Lendrum, barrister of Auckland and New Plymouth, has been appointed as an acting District Court Judge with general and family warrants for a period of two years, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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18 March, 2014

New Arts Council members appointed

Thirteen inaugural members have been appointed to the new Arts Council, established by the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Act 2014, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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13 March, 2014

Raukawa settlement legislation passed

The House sat extended hours this morning to pass the third reading of the Raukawa Claims Settlement Bill, which will give effect to the iwi’s historical Treaty settlement with the Crown.

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26 February, 2014

Acting District Court Judges appointed

Two new acting District Court Judges have been appointed for terms of two years, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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25 February, 2014

High Court Judge appointed

Auckland Crown Solicitor Simon John Eisdell Moore QC has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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22 February, 2014

Deed of Settlement signed with Te Kawerau a Maki

The Crown has signed a deed of settlement for all outstanding historical Treaty claims with Te Kawerau a Maki at Makaurua Marae in Mangere, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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14 February, 2014

Ministers recognise mandate for Ngāpuhi negotiations

All Ngāpuhi members will be entitled to vote in elections for representatives to the independent mandated authority that will negotiate the iwi’s historical Treaty settlement with the Crown, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson and Minister of Māori Affairs Dr Pita Sharples announced today.

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11 February, 2014

Principal Environment Judge appointed

Acting Principal Environment Judge Laurence Newhook has been appointed the permanent Principal Environment Judge, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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7 February, 2014

Deed of Settlement signed with Ngāti Kuri

The Crown has signed a Deed of Settlement for all outstanding historical Treaty claims with Ngāti Kuri at Waiora marae at Ngataki, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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4 February, 2014

Appointments of Queen’s Counsel in 2014

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today that an appointment round for Queen’s Counsel will take place in 2014.

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3 February, 2014

Attorney-General pays tribute to Parsons

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson has paid tribute to Lambton Quay landmark Parsons Books and Music as it prepares to close its doors after 66 years in business.

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31 January, 2014

Attorney-General disappointed in Law Society comments

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson expressed his disappointment in the Law Society’s continued and wilful misrepresentation of New Zealand’s human rights record.

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30 January, 2014

Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Bill passes

The House last night passed the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Bill, which will streamline the governance of Creative New Zealand and improve its effectiveness.

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23 January, 2014

Associate Judge appointed

Barrister Warwick Alexander Smith has been appointed an Associate Judge of the High Court, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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23 January, 2014

High Court Judge appointed

District Court Judge Susan Elizabeth Thomas has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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17 January, 2014

Action on parody emblem “ridiculous”

The notion of legal action against a coffee roaster for t-shirts showing a clear parody of the New Zealand coat of arms substituting a surfboard into the image is ridiculous, Minister for Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson said today.

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6 January, 2014

Official legislation online today

The New Zealand Legislation website at legislation.govt.nz is now an official source of legislation, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson said today.

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20 December, 2013

Minister welcomes Wharere farm talks

Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson has welcomed state owned enterprise Landcorp’s decision to provide Ngāti Makino and their neighbouring iwi, a further opportunity to purchase the Wharere Farms near Te Puke.

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19 December, 2013

Environment Court Judge appointed

Auckland barrister David Kirkpatrick has been appointed an Environment Court Judge and District Court Judge to sit in Auckland, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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