Justice Tahana swearing-in ceremony
On Friday 27 May, 2022 more than 400 people gathered at Te Waiiti Marae on the banks of Rotoiti for the swearing-in ceremony of Justice Kiri Tahana, Te Arawa (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Mākino and Tapuika) as a judge of the High Court.
In the High Court’s 180-year history, this was the first swearing-in ceremony to be held on a marae, and was therefore an important symbol of change in our society, Chief Justice Helen Winkelmann said in her address on the day.
“Just as the law must change to serve an evolving society, so too must our ceremonies. In my time as a judge, swearing-in ceremonies have changed to reflect that our courts and our law serve a country in the South Pacific – a nation with its own history, custom and values... Today’s ceremony is another important step in that direction as we judges move out of our court buildings and humbly accept an invitation onto the marae.”
Swearing in ceremony of Justice Kiri Tahana
Pōwhiri for Justice Kiri Tahana's swearing in ceremony
Form of Ceremony
- Address by the Chief Justice
- Address by Justice Kiri Tahana
- Address by Una Jagose
- Address by Matanuku Mahuika
President Te Hunga Roia
- Address by Stacey Shortall on behalf of tangata Tiriti