Heemi Taumaunu

His Honour Judge Heemi Taumaunu was appointed Chief District Court Judge in September 2019 after 15 years on the bench. He is the first Maori to be appointed Chief Judge and is a fluent te reo Maori speaker. His tribal affiliations are Ngati Parou and its sub-tribe Ngati Konohi, and Ngai Tahu. He previously practised law mainly in in Gisborne in the criminal, youth and family jurisdictions after a career in the New Zealand Army. Chief Judge Taumaunu has encouraged a wider appreciation for the value of culturally responsive justice and is recognised internationally for leading development of Nga Kati Rangatahi o Aotearoa, New Zealand’s marae-based Rangatahi Courts.

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