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Who's Who

ChairpersonJustice Glendall

Hon. Justice J W Gendall - became a barrister sole in 1986 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1996.  He took appointment to the High Court Bench the same year and is based in the Wellington High Court. He was made a Companion of the Order of Merit in 2012. Appointed: 2012.

Deputy Chairperson

The Hon. Marion Frater - was appointed a District Court Judge in 1990.  She was Chair of the Arohata Prison Board from 1999 to 2002 and from 2003 to 2007 was a Judge of the High Court.  Appointed: 2007

Panel Convenors

Judge Michael Behrens QC - is a recently retired District Court Judge, a position he has held since 2004. Prior to this he practised in Palmerston North as a sole practitioner and barrister sole and was appointed Queens Counsel in 1999. Appointed: 2014

Judge Louis Bidois  -
was appointed a District Court Judge in July 2002. Judge Bidois’ tribal affiliation is to Te Arawa.  Appointed: 2011 

Judge Thomas Broadmore - was appointed a District Court Judge in 2005. He has been practising as a barrister since 1998, after 21 years as a partner in Chapman Tripp. He served as Federal President of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand from 1997 – 2000, only the second New Zealander to hold the position in the Association’s 30-year history. Appointed: 2014

Judge Russell Callander - a District Court Judge from 1981. Appointed: 2002

Judge Michael Crosbie - was appointed to the District Court Bench in 2001, and served as Chairperson of the Wanganui District Prison Board from 2001 to 2003. Appointed: 2003

Judge Phil Gittos - was made a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order (QSO) for services to the judiciary in 2014. Appointed: 2014

Judge Carolyn Henwood – was appointed a District Court Judge in 1985.  Former Chairperson of the Rimutaka District Prison Board Appointed: 2006

Judge Anne Kiernan - was appointed to the Bench in 2002. Appointed: 2011

Judge Jane Lovell-Smith - Appointed District Court Judge in 1994 and chaired the Auckland District Prison Board. Appointed: 2002

Judge David Mather – was appointed a District and Family Court Judge in 1997.  Appointed May 2012

Judge Eddie Paul - was sworn in as a District Court Judge at Auckland in 2008. Appointed :2010

Alan Ritchie - A barrister and solicitor until 1985, when he accepted the position of CEO and Executive Director New Zealand Law Society, Wellington. Appointed: 2008

Judge David Saunders - was appointed in 1993, and served as Chair of the Invercargill District Prison Board from 1997 to 2002. Appointed: 2002

Kathryn Snook – is a barrister and solicitor with 20 years legal experience working in private practice and government including the Department of Social Welfare and the Office of Treaty Settlements. Appointed: 2011

Judge Arthur Tompkins - became a District Court Judge in 1997. Appointed: 2004.

Neville Trendle – currently a part time barrister and a consultant at the Law Commission, retired from the New Zealand Police in 2001 after 38 years’ service in 2001, including 10 years as an Assistant Commissioner. Appointed: 2008

Non-judicial Members

Douglas Bailey – is a consultant with Russell McVeagh, specialising in public law and policy and state sector governance. Appointed: 2012.

Associate Professor Philip Brinded – is a leading forensic psychiatrist in private practice.  Appointed: 2004

Timothy Burns – was the Executive Director of Volunteering New Zealand, and General Manager of Elizabeth Memorial Hospital. Appointed: 2012.

Lesley Campbell – spent 24 years with the Probation Service with secondments to the Samoa and Vanuatu Probation Services. Appointed: 2010

Michael Christensen - ARIENZ JP, former Chairman of Bay of Plenty Legal Services Board prior. Appointed: 2011

Martha Coleman - is a former crown solicitor particularly in the area of human rights. Appointed: 2014

Leith Comer - Former chief executive of Te Puni Kokiri, 12 years and has been involved in numerous M?ori economic and social initiatives. Appointed 2014

Ross Crotty -  Appointed: 2014

Sue Driver – is a consultant in areas of governance, management and evaluation. Appointed: 2012.

Paul Elenio - more than 38 years experience in the newspaper industry, including as a reporter, editor, advertising and circulation manager and general manager. Appointed: 2014

Douglas Hauraki – has spent 40 years managing a variety of public and private sector positions. Former general manager and Chief Executive of the Maori Education Trust. Appointed: 2012.

Glenda Hughes – a former Police Officer, with a degree in Sociology and Criminology. Appointed :2010

Bryan McMurray - retired from the New Zealand Prison Service in 2008. He has 37 years experience working with offenders in the criminal justice field, has managed prisons and held senior leadership and project manager roles in the Prison Service. Appointed: 2008

Lavinia Nathan - previously managed the Te Piriti Unit for offenders convicted of sexual abuse against children, and is a Community Magistrate.  Appointed: 2002

Shannon Pakura - has been Professional Advisor for the Social Worker Registration Board, she has worked extensively in the child protection and youth justice sector, and was the former Chief Social Worker for Child Youth and Family.  Appointed: 2008

Rhonda Pritchard - a counselor, supervisor, trainer and mediator for twenty nine years.  Between 2006 and 2008 she was a senior research analyst in the Ministry of Social Development. Appointed: 2008

Paula Rose -  The former superintendent and national road policing manager was in 2012 New Years honours awarded Companion of the Queen's Service Order, for services to the police and the community. Appointed: 2014

Alexander Shaw
- Appointed 2011: A former Wellington Councilor and Deputy Mayor for six years, Mr Shaw has served as Chair on a wide range of Boards within Crown Entities, Council Controlled Organisations and private industry. Mr. Shaw has been an independent commissioner since 2006. Appointed: 2011

Dr Jeremy Skipworth - is a forensic psychiatrist and the head of the Mason Clinic.  He has worked in forensic services since 1997, and was Deputy Director of Mental Health at the Ministry of Health 2003-2007.  Appointed: 2008

James Thomson - former probation officer and service manager responsible for home detention in Christchurch, and member of the Rolleston and Christchurch District Prison Boards.  Appointed: 2002

Dr Paul Taylor - former consultant paediatrician for more than 34 years, based recently at Nelson hospital.  Specialising in Autism Spectrum Disorder, he has worked directly with young people, their families and schools, and given talks. He has also written a book on autism for parents and specialists.

Tania Williams-Blyth - is a senior family lawyer and has appeared as counsel in the District Court and Waitangi Tribunal. Appointed: 2014