Māori Land Court Judge Layne Harvey has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today.
Justice Harvey graduated with an LLB from the University of Auckland in 1992 and commenced employment as a law clerk with Simpson Grierson in Auckland that same year. In 1997 he joined Walters Williams & Co, becoming a partner there in 2000, the same year he graduated with a Master of Commercial Law from the University of Auckland. His practice at Walter Williams primarily focussed on Māori and Treaty of Waitangi issues.
In 2002 Justice Harvey was appointed a Judge of the Māori Land Court. He also sits on the Waitangi Tribunal and, from 2018, as an alternate Judge of the Environment Court. He completed a PhD in Law from AUT University in 2018.
Justice Harvey is of Ngāti Awa, Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa, and Te Whānau a Apanui descent.
Justice Harvey will sit in Auckland.