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Waikato academics join Waitangi Tribunal

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Prominent academics Linda Tuhiwai Smith and Tom Roa have been appointed to the Waitangi Tribunal for a three year term.

Professor Smith is Pro Vice Chancellor Maori at the University of Waikato, and Professor of Education and Maori development.

Dr Roa is a senior lecturer at the university’s school of Maori and Pacific development.

Maori Development Minister for Te Ururoa Flavell says they have the skills necessary to assess the large quantities of historical, traditional and legal evidence that come before the tribunal.

They replace Sir Doug Kidd,who has been on the tribunal since 2004, and Sir Tamati Reedy, who came on in 2010.

Dr Aroha Harris, Basil Morrison, Dr Robyn Anderson and Dr Ann Parsonson were reappointed for another term.

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