Judge Davis 2010

Greg Davis 

District Court Judge

 Greg Davis being "Sworn In" by District Court Chief Judge Russell Johnson* supplied by Photographer Kate Shuttleworth, Reporter FOCUS Magazine & Northland Age Tel.09-4073286, Many Thanks!

 Te Wero me timata Te Powhiri*Judge Craig Coxhead and Labour MP Parekura Horomia, lead the Manuhiri*  Nga manuhiri e hikoi o te karanga o Ngāti Manu Marae, Kāretu* Taumārere
Greg Davis appointed District Court Judge, at Ngati Manu Marae, Karetu, Thu 24Jun10*
Greg Davis is the 2nd eldest son of Panapa and Glenys Davis. He has two brothers, the eldest is Patrick and youngest is Kelvin, also one sister Sonya. The family homestead is in Kawakawa. Greg with his wife Tania, also a  law firm partner have their own Legal Practice  "Tumanako Law" at 460 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri, with 3 staff, Sarah Wynyard, Lawyer (Family Law), Glenys Davis works part-time as Finance & Accounting Manager and Natalie Lobendahn as the Legal Secretary.  Greg and Tania reside in Kerikeri, Bay of Islands.

*Edition: Tues,29th June '10 - e-News Article from The Northland Age, Kaitaia* Thank You!

* Powhiri/Manuhiri photos supplied by Greg's Mum, Glenys Davis*  Thank You!

* Profile Photo - Thank You *supplied by Photographer - Kate Shuttleworth Reporter FOCUS Magazine and Northland Age | Phone 09 407 3286   |021 516 792 | Unit C, Hub Mall, 94 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri 0230

* There maybe more photos supplied by the Davis whanau who were all there on the day, these will feature on "Photo Gallery" as an Album in due course* A Historic Occasion, shared by Greg Davis his whanau of Ngati Manu, for Ngati Manu and at Ngati Manu Marae*  Below photo a view of the back, outside ** Te Kauta!** the engine room of the Marae. Courtney George with her smile and her yummy sandwich has her lunch with ngā tamariki me nga whanaunga o Te Kapotai, Waikare Kura*** An Historic Day for Ngati Manu - for Ngapuhi-nui-tonu te Iwi - for ALL Māori o Aotearoa!!!!

 Courtney George rātou ko āna whanaunga nō te kura o Waikare, Te Kapotai (Ngati Manu whanau look on as well)*


 Thursday, 24th June, 2010

Judge Davis sworn in on Home Marae

 There was an impressive display of legal firepower in the Bay of Islands today to witness the elevation of the country's newest Maori judge to the bench of the district court. About 20 judges from the district and Maori land courts, as well as Northland and Maori MPs, were on the Ngati Manu Marae, at Karetu, as District Court Chief Judge Russell Johnson swore in Greg Davis.

Judge Davis is the first Maori alumni of the Waikato University law school to sit on the district court bench.

His last job was leading the legal team for Ngapuhi’s historic claims before the Waitangi Tribunal panel headed by Maori Land Court judge Craig Coxhead, who was on hand to welcome Judge Davis to the Maori bench.

*News from Waatea 603 AM, Urban Maori Radio


 TUESDAY, 8th June, 2010

Another Far North Man in Black

LOCAL SUCCESS:  Kerikeri lawyer Greg Davis, who will be sworn in as a District Court judge later this month. Also accompanying Greg, his wife and legal partner Tania Tetitaha, his parents  Panapa & Glenys Davis and two brothers and sister Patrick, Kelvin and Sonya.

His hopes of becoming an All Black superstar are slowly slipping away, but a Far North born and bred high achiever with a commitment to "keeping it local" will soon be dressed in black, as a District Court judge.
Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced the appointment of Kerikeri barrister and solicitor Greg Davis last week. He will be sworn in at Ngati Manu Marae, Karetu on June 24.

Mr Davis was modest about his elevation last week. The decision to enrol at university for a career in the legal profession had been "Option C", embarked upon as the result of a job interview with Tom Parore, then head of the Department of Maori Affairs in Whangarei, at the end of his seventh form year at secondary school. "Tom said to me, `I'm not giving you a job. You have university entrance. Go to university and I will give you a job'," he said. So he did, gaining two degrees at the University of Waikato and becoming an inaugural graduate of the Waikato Law School.

When he went to see Mr Parore three years later, at the Maori Trust Office in Wellington, the man who had inspired him was delighted. He had said the same thing to three other young men from Northland, and they had all succeeded in acquiring degrees. "So I went to university by default," Mr Davis said.

"My dream of an All Black career was gone and I couldn't get a job." All joking aside, he will have his sights set high in his role as a District Court judge, where he intends to make good use of his local knowledge. And his long-held commitment to bring his skills back to Northland has played a major role in shaping this career to date.

He was the first in his family to receive a tertiary education, but is just one of a very high-achieving set of siblings. He is the brother of former teacher/principal Kelvin, who was elected as a Labour list MP in 2008, and of Sergeant Pat Davis, currently employed as a youth justice co-ordinator with the police in Kaikohe. And his sister, Sonya Davis-Brooking, is a teacher in Moerewa.

Born in the Far North, educated at Kawakawa Primary School, Bay of Islands Intermediate and Bay of Islands College, Mr Davis' parents live in Kawakawa and many other family members also reside in the Far North. "Northland is my home," he said. "When I went away to train at university I always intended to be back in the North, and that's what's happened." He attributed his commitment to the region to his whanau and hapu, Ngati Manu and Ngati Karetu. "We were brought up in the Kawakawa/Karetu area, and that's where my heart and soul are," he said. "Both my Dad's parents come from Karetu and my wife's grandmother is from Karetu. Her father also has connections to the area, so we're well and truly tied to the North." And this was one of the most exciting times to be in the legal profession in Northland, with New Zealand's largest treaty claim before the Waitangi Tribunal.

"The law is something that I've always loved, and there are a lot of reasons people go to law school," he said. "There were a lot of us in my generation going to law school, wanting to right the wrongs of the past, and I always wanted to be doing that at home. "I think the phase that we're going through now, where Ngapuhi are having the opportunity to tell their historical story to the Waitangi Tribunal, and the efforts that are being made toward settling Ngapuhi's treaty claims, is some of the most exciting legal work that anyone could be involved in." It was an opportunity for important facts about history to be told afresh. "Ngapuhi say one of the important facts of history is that they never signed the Treaty of Waitangi. Ngapuhi signed te Tiriti o Waitangi," he said.

Mr Davis worked with the Maori Trust Office in Hamilton and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before periods with Rudd Watts and Stone, Henderson Reeves and Palmer Macauley. He has been a partner with his wife Tania Tetitaha at Tumanako Law in Kerikeri since 2004. Mr Davis is set to be one of the first District Court judges who was born and lives in the region to sit in the District Court at Kaikohe, court manager Julie Hooper saying there would be benefits in having a judge with local knowledge. "As we haven't had a resident judge I am not sure how it will go, but my gut feeling is that it has got to be a good thing," she said.

Mr Davis will be based in Auckland for six months, but his permanent chambers will be in Whangarei and Kaikohe.

*News from The Northland Age 


MEDIA RELEASE – Hon. Christopher Finlayson

1 June, 2010

District Court Judge appointed

Kerikeri  barrister and solicitor Greg Davis has been appointed a District Court Judge, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today. 

Mr Davis has worked with the Maori Trust Office in Hamilton and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before periods with Rudd Watts and Stone, Henderson Reeves and Palmer Macauley. He has been a partner with Tumanako Law, Kerikeri since 2004. practicing predominantly in the High Court and District Court civil jurisdictions while also running a large practice in the Maori Land Court and Waitangi Tribunal jurisdictions. 

He is currently lead counsel for a number of claimants in the Te Paparahi o Te Raki Waitangi Tribunal inquiry and lead advisor to Ngapuhi in settling its Treaty claims with the Crown.

Mr Davis is of Ngapuhi, Ngati Kahungunu, Ngai Tai and Ngati Raukawa descent and is a fluent speaker of Te Reo Maori.  

He will be sworn in at the Ngāti Manu Marae, Kāretu, Northland on 24 June 2010 and will sit in Whangarei and Kaikohe. 

*News from beehive.govt.nz - official government website


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