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Judge Layne Harvey
Ngāti Awa, Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Kahungunu
Judge Layne Harvey was appointed to the Māori Land Court bench in October 2002. He is the resident judge for New Plymouth, Hawera, Whanganui, Levin, Palmerston North, and Wellington, in the Aotea Māori Land Court District. He is based in Rotorua.
Formerly, Judge Harvey practised for 11 years as a lawyer in Auckland with Simpson Grierson and with Walters Williams and Company, where he became a partner. His work included acting for iwi and hapū in Waitangi Tribunal claims and settlement negotiations, providing general advice to Māori organisations, and working in trust law and iwi legal and post-settlement governance structures. Judge Harvey has also been a trustee of Māori land trusts, iwi authorities, and Māori reservations and has been a member of the council of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi since 1997.
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