Rotorua barrister and solicitor Kiri Tahana, former Managing Partner of Maori Law specialist firm Kahui Legal, has been appointed to the High Court and will sit in Auckland.
She has previously worked in Sydney, London and Dubai and has extensive experience in commercial, corporate (including regulatory and competition) law and litigation experience, along with considerable expertise in advising on matters relating to te Tiriti o Waitangi.
She graduated with an LLB(Hons) and a BA (in Māori and Political Science) from Victoria University of Wellington in 1995 and commenced practice the following year as a solicitor with Bell Gully in Wellington where she worked on Māori legal issues, including litigation concerning the distribution of Māori fisheries settlement assets.
In 1999, she spent a year with Walters Williams & Co before spending seven years with Gilbert & Tobin in Sydney, interspersed by a year in London at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and two years as Senior Legal Counsel at the Commerce Commission.
That was followed by five years as Senior Director, Legal Counsel at Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC (du) in the United Arab Emirates.
She is also President of the Rotorua Business Chamber.