The Treaty and Tauranga..then and now

Venue: Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, Tauranga

Date: Wednesday 14 April 2021

Start Time: 06:00pm

End Time: 08:30pm

Age Restriction: All Ages

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GUEST SPEAKER: Justice Sir Joseph (Joe) Williams (Ngāti Pukenga / Te Arawa).

MC: Simon Dallow (Ngāti Pukenga)

WHERE: Tauranga Yacht Club

ARRIVAL: from 6pm

COST: $10.00 - cash/EFTPOS only - no credit cards


Cash bar and light refreshments

Pease note this event is dependent on COVID-19 alert level gathering restrictions. In the unlikely event we go into Alert Level 2, entry will be restricted to the first 100 registrants.

About Joe

The Honourable Justice Sir Joseph Williams (Ngāti Pūkenga, Waitaha and Tapuika) became a partner at Kensington Swan in 1992 and went on to co-found Walters Williams & Co in 1994. During this time he established a fine reputation working in the Treaty claims area on behalf of iwi claimant groups.

He became Chief Judge of the Māori Land Court in 1999 and was appointed Deputy Chairperson of the Waitangi Tribunal shortly after in 2000. He was made Chairperson of the Waitangi Tribunal in 2004 and was appointed a judge of the High Court in September 2008, a judge of the Court of Appeal in February 2018, and was the first Māori appointed judge of the Supreme Court in May 2019. He says it was a great privilege to receive this honour.

Joe whakapapa’s to Ngati Pukenga who are one of the three iwi of Tauranga Moana.

"Not as a reflection of any personal attributes but because of what it says about the mana of this country's highest court and the leadership role that judges appointed to it must play in applying and shaping the law of Aotearoa."


6.00 pm – arrival, ticket payment, networking and background music with Peri Kohu

7.00 pm – mihi and whakatau to Justice Williams by our kaumatua Dr Hauata Palmer

7.05 pm – Justice Williams presentation

7.45 pm – questions for Justice Joe Williams

8.00pm – vote of thanks - Taonga Tauranga Heritage Bay of Plenty Chair, Bruce Farthing

8.05pm – Closing karakia followed by networking - cash bar available