Veteran Māori broadcaster Derek Fox, who is based in Rarotonga. 21062206
Citing his experience and leadership in the media industry, Rarotonga-based veteran broadcaster Derek Fox has been appointed to the Waitangi Tribunal for a three-year term.
Veteran Māori broadcaster Derek Fox has been appointed to
the Waitangi Tribunal in Aotearoa New Zealand.
In an announcement early this week, Fox, of Ngāti Kahungunu
and Ngāti Porou descent, was appointed to a three-year term by Māori
Development Minister Willie Jackson.
He joins other new appointees, Environment Court
commissioner Kevin Prime and author Dr Hana O’Regan, while researcher Dr Grant
Phillipson has been reappointed for a three-year term.
The Waitangi Tribunal was established by the Treaty of
Waitangi Act 1975 in an effort to provide a legal process by which Māori treaty
claims can be investigated.
Tribunal inquiries contribute to the resolution of treaty
claims and to the reconciliation of outstanding issues between Māori and the
Fox said he was asked to join the tribunal before putting
his name forward.
He said the role involved an element of “seeking to find the
“A whole lot of research has to be presented; I think it
will be rewarding, it is a great honour.”
Fox said he was looking forward towards induction.
“I need to get my feet under the table.”
The Waitangi Tribunal has up to 20 members who are appointed
by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Māori Development
Upon making the appointments, Minister for Māori Development
Willie Jackson said, “The new appointments reflect the experience and diversity
needed on the Tribunal and recognise the tremendous range of capabilities
needed for Tribunal panels.”
“Waitangi Tribunal members come from all walks of life and
are appointed for their expertise in the matters that are likely to come before
them,” he added.
About half of the members are Māori and half are Pākehā.
A panel of three to seven members is appointed to carry out
an inquiry and each tribunal panel has to have at least one Māori member.
Fox has more than 40 years’ experience in broadcasting
including journalism, communications, politics and publishing.