Joe Williams (left) became acting chair of the Waitangi Tribunal in 1999, succeeding Justice Eddie Durie, shown here greeting Justice Williams with a hongi. Williams (Ngāti Pūkenga, Te Arawa) formally chaired the tribunal from 2004 until 2009, when he was appointed a High Court judge. Before joining the Waitangi Tribunal he had been a lawyer representing claimants at a number of tribunal inquiries.
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