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Judge David Ambler
Judge David Ambler graduated from the University of Auckland in 1990 with a BA in Māori studies and an LLB (Hons). Upon admission to the Bar in 1990, Judge Ambler worked as a staff solicitor at Kensington Swan in Auckland. In 1992, he moved to Rotorua to work for East Brewster, where he became a partner in 1997. He practised mainly as a litigator and specialised in advising and representing clients in relation to a range of Māori land issues. He acted for a number of Māori trust boards, Māori land trusts, and Māori incorporations, and represented claimants in several Waitangi Tribunal inquiries, including those covering Hauraki, Te Urewera, Wairarapa ki Tararua, and the central North Island.
Judge Ambler was appointed a judge of the Māori Land Court in June 2006 and is a resident judge in Te Taitokerau. Since 2006, he has also been the presiding officer of the Tribunal’s Te Rohe Potae inquiry.
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