July 1, 2019, 3:03 p.m.
Having served as a lawyer for over 30-years, La-Verne King was sworn-in as a judge at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rangi Āniwaniwa in-front of her people of Te Hiku o te Ika.
Over the last 30 years La-Verne King has developed an extensive understanding of whānau wellbeing needs, challenges and solutions and this will no doubt assist in her role as a newly sworn in Judge.
Judge King will serve as a District Court judge and will reside in the criminal court and family court in the Whangārei District Court. It is estimated that 75% of her time will be spent in the family courts and 25% will be spent in the criminal courts.
Alongside two friends, Judge King was part of a partnership that established the first all-female Māori and Pacific law firm in the early 90’s.
One of those partners, Sandra Alofivae said today was a very auspicious occasion for people of the Far North and something we should all be proud of.
“This is an amazing day, not only for Judge King, but for the wider community of Te Taitokerau. It’s fitting this ceremony take place here, it’s where her mother's people are from and we’re just happy to be here to support this great woman”, said Alofivae.
Judge La-Verne King has tribal links to Ngāti Kahu-ki-Whangaroa,Te Aupōuri, Ngāi Takoto and Ngāti Paoa.