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New Zealand is growing into a new hybrid culture which is deeply pacific-based, centred at the fulcrum between east and west. Chief Judge Joe Williams believes this is a perfect position to be in looking forward the next 50 years, but there are some risks. The children going through the education system today must be well equipped with the skills to succeed because they will be the drivers for our economy in the years to come.

Chief Judge Joe Williams is the Chairperson of the Waitangi Tribunal. He is an internationally recognised expert in indigenous rights law and one of New Zealand’s leading specialists in Maori issues. As well as being the youngest person to have been appointed to the position of Chief Judge, Judge Williams was the first Maori lecturer in law at Victoria University in Wellington and he established the first unit specialising in Maori issues at a major law firm (Kensington Swan). He remains determined to ensure that Maori value systems are recognised within the judicial system.

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