In May 2019, Justice Joseph Williams (Ngāti Pūkenga, Te Arawa) became the first Māori lawyer appointed to the Supreme Court.
With a background in Māori and environmental law, Williams became chief judge of the Māori Land Court in 1999. He was made deputy chairperson of the Waitangi Tribunal in 2000 and chairperson in 2004. He was appointed as a judge of the High Court in 2008 and a judge of the Court of Appeal in 2018.
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