High Court Justice Edward Durie


Professional Data

Postion & Titles: Chief Judge of Maori Land Court until 1998, Chairman of Waitangi Tribunal until 2002, Law Commisssion
Judge of: High Court, Wellington, 2004 Formerly Chief Judge of the Maori Land Court
Specializations and Professional Interests: Maori Issues
Professional Comments: Justice Durie has been criticised on a number of occasions in the past for failing to declare possible conflicts of interest particularly in connection to his lawyer wife Donna Hall. In 1995 he took part in a confidential $150,000 review of the Crown Forestry Rental Trust carried out by his lawyer wife, Donna Hall, and Professors Margaret Wilson (now Speaker of Parliament), Whatarangi Winiata and Alan Ward.  In a July 1999 issue of the National Business Review, it was reported that Justice Durie had made lengthy contributions to the 1995 trust review, processed through his wife’s legal office. It was also reported that in a 1994 High Court case against the Maori Land Court and West Coast dissidents, the defendant Rudolph Cecil Lousich (Alliance MP Sandra Lee’s uncle) was represented by Justice Durie’s wife Donna. In that case, Justice Tipping found it was proper that the case be heard in the High Court rather than in front of Justice Durie, the Chief Maori Court Judge at the time. The latter took great offence to this reference to his connection to Donna Hall and tried unsuccessfully to get the solicitor-generals office to remove it.
Background / Education: Graduated with a BA, LL.B from Victoria University in 1964 and was a partner in the firm of Murray, Dillon, Gooch & Durie in Tauranga from 1964 to 1974. He was appointed a judge of the Mäori Land Court in 1974 and Chief Judge of the court from 1981 to 1998. Also in 1981 Justice Durie became Chairman of the Waitangi Tribunal and held this position until 2002. In 1998 he was appointed to the High Court bench in Wellington and took up a position in the Law Commission in July 2004.
Degrees: LLB Victoria, 1964
Admitted to the Bar: 1964
Company Involvements: D & E Durie Properties Ltd., (Feilding)

Personal Data

Born: 18/01/40
Fielding, New Zealand
Sex: Male
Married: Twice – Donna Hall (2nd) Children: daughter0 Tamatea Durie (son) 2nd marriage: 1 child Te Aho (daughter)
Interesting Relationships and Coincidences: Wife Donna Hall is a lawyer who practises at Woodward Law in Wellington.