Members of the tribunal

Members of the Lawyers & Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal include a chairperson, deputy chairperson, lawyers and lay members.

The tribunal has two divisions, one chaired by the Chairperson, the other by the Deputy Chairperson.

When a division of the tribunal sits it comprises the Chair of that division, plus members drawn from the pool of lay and professional members.  Two lay members and two professional members will be appointed to join the Chair of the division, to form a panel of five persons who will constitute the tribunal for the particular matter concerned.

The two professional members of a panel will be either lawyers or conveyancers, depending on the nature of the matter the tribunal is considering.

Chairperson of the Tribunal

Judge Dale Clarkson retired as a full time District Court judge in 2006 but continues to hold an acting warrant and sits regularly in the Family Court.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Auckland University in 1978 and was admitted to the Bar in 1979.  She was appointed to the Bench in 1989 and has now served 25 years as a judicial officer.  She is on the Editorial Board of Lexis Nexis Family Law Service and New Zealand Family Law Journal.  She has presented papers on Family Law and Mediation topics nationally and internationally.  She was the inaugural President of the New Zealand branch of the International Women Judges Association. 

Deputy Chairperson of the Tribunal

Judge Bernard Kendall (retired) has 29 years of experience as a District and Family Court Judge.  His further roles have been as a Parole Board - Panel Convenor, Chair of the Representation Commission defining Electoral boundaries, Chair of the District Licensing Committee under the Sale and Supply of Liquor Act 2012, Review Authority under the Legal Services Act 2011 and Chair of Professional Conduct Committee of Midwifery Council.

Lay members of the Tribunal

John Bishop (Wellington)

Mr Bishop is a communications consultant, business advisor, writer, facilitator and business mentor who has run his own consultancy business for 20 years. He was previously a broadcast journalist and has worked in public relations and senior management for a number of companies and state agencies.

Fay Freeman (Auckland)

Ms Freeman ONZM is a consultant working in the sport and community sector.  This work includes community research, dispute resolution, facilitation, feasibility studies, project management, strategic and operational reviews and strategic planning.  Clients include local government, central government agencies, regional and national sports bodies and other not for profit groups. Ms Freeman is a former President and Life Member of Netball New Zealand, and is still very active in governance roles in the sport and arts communities. She is also a Justice of the Peace.

Michael Gough (Christchurch)

Mr Gough is director of his own company, Wordstream Corporation Limited - the first Internet-based compilation of Māori-English dictionary resources. Mr Gough is a former committee member of a Regional Medical Ethics Committee and a former member of a Marae Reconstruction Board.

Alasdair Lamont (Canterbury)

Mr Lamont has been a lay member of the Canterbury District Law Practitioners' Disciplinary Tribunal since 1996. In addition to being a sheep farmer, he has held trustee roles in this region. Mr Lamont has held the position of chairperson of the Federated Farmers in Christchurch and serves his local community as a Justice of the Peace.

Dr Ian McAndrew (Dunedin)

Dr McAndrew is an Associate Professor of Management at the University of Otago specialising in employment relations. His academic background is in labour and industrial relations, which he studied and practiced in the United States and Australia. He is director of his company, New Zealand Mediators Limited, in which he acts as mediator and adjudicator in employment issues.  Dr McAndrew was an Employment Tribunal mediator and adjudicator between 1993 and 2002, and has been a member of the International Education Appeal Authority since 2008.

Hector Matthews (Christchurch)

Mr Matthews is of Te Rarawa and Te Aupōuri descent, is speaker of and holds a degree in te reo Māori, is tutor of the taiaha and is a Nidan (2nd Degree black belt) in Seido Karate. He is a former army officer and UN peacekeeper.  His management and governance experience includes managing urban marae, chair of Health's Multi-region Ethics Committee, chair of Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Whānau Tahi and Villa Maria College. He is currently the Executive Director, Māori and Pacific Health at Canterbury District Health Board and is an owner and director of a family-owned cafe restaurant.

Steve Morris (Papamoa)

Mr Morris has held a variety of community leadership roles in the Tauranga community. He is currently a Tauranga City Councillor, a Trustee of BayTrust and a member of the Bay of Plenty Conservation Board.  Steve trained in resource and environmental planning and has experience teaching in Dubai as well as selling Real Estate.

Kenneth Raureti (Rotorua)

Mr Raureti has extensive experience in the area of Human Resources and Employment Relations. He currently owns a Mediation, Business Management Services Consultancy Business. He has well-established professional relationships and extensive networks within the business community, Tourism, Iwi and Hapu Authorities and Employer organisations.  Mr Raureti has been a recent past member of the New Zealand Police Disciplinary Panel, Employment Relations Authority and Chief Mediator Department of Labour’s Mediation Service. Mr Raureti is currently Chairman Ruawahia/Mt Tarawera 2B Trust, Director CNI Iwi Holdings Limited (Kaingaroa Forest & Central Plateau Land Holding Company); Board Member NZ Maori Arts & Crafts Institute (Te Puia), Trustee/Board Member Te Mana o Ngati Rangitihi Trust (PSGE Trust); Chairman Te Arawa Lakes Trust Fisheries Management Komiti Whakahaere and Chairman Bay of Plenty DOC Conservancy Board.

Chris Rowe (Warkworth)

Ms Rowe is a Mediator in private practice through Corporate Dynamics Ltd of which she is Director and Principal.  This company also provides employment relations advice, employment investigation, facilitation and advocacy services to employers and employees.  Chris is a Justice of the Peace, and is involved with not for profit work including community representation on MSD Benefits Review Committee.

Peter Shaw (Hamilton)

Mr Shaw has practised as a Chartered Accountant, Insolvency Practitioner, Company Director and Arbitrator.   He has held volunteer governance roles in a range of community organisations including the Arts and fund raising for medical research.  He is a Life Member of the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand.

Bill Smith (Hibiscus Coast)

Mr Smith began his career as a police officer in the United Kingdom before moving to New Zealand to take up a position as an administration manager. He has experience as a hearings commissioner and Judicial Justice of the Peace. Mr Smith has had involvement in the Rodney District Council for 26 years, including as a councillor.

Pele Walker (Wellington)

Ms Walker is a mediator with the Human Rights Commission. She was previously the Executive Director of LEADR NZ, a professional organisation responsible for training and accreditation of mediators.  She has worked in employment and industrial relations.  She chairs the Pacific Arts Committee of Creative NZ, and was the inaugural Chair of the Pacific Women’s Economic Development Board and founding member of Pacifica Inc Wellington Central. 

Practitioner members

NZ Law Society

Andy Marshall 
Brent Stanaway
Colin Lucas
Graham McKenzie
Ian Williams
Jacqui Gray
Mary Scholtens QC
Sam Maling
Shelley Sage
Stuart Grieve QC
Stuart Walker
Susan Hughes QC
Todd Simmonds
Wayne Chapman

NZ Society of Conveyancers

Erin Rasmussen
John de Graaf
Kim Matheson
Stefanie Crawley

This page was last updated: