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Fox appointed to Waitangi Tribunal

Wednesday 23 June 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Local, National

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Fox appointed to Waitangi Tribunal
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 Crown.

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 truth”.

“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 Minister.

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.