Blenheim lawyer Murray Hunt has mixed emotions about leaving the region to take on a new role as a Family Court Judge later this month.
Mr Hunt has served as a lawyer since 1984, and has been a partner at Blenheim firm Hardy Jones Clark since 2007.
"I'm excited about it, but it's tinged with the usual sadness that a lot of the people I've worked with I will leave behind, but it's a significant step in a career and a change of role.
"I will miss the contact you have with your clients, there are some loyal people who you form relationships with, you are a little bit apart from all that when you are a judge, but there's other aspects of law I am interested in," he said.
Mr Hunt will be sworn in on October 25 in Blenheim, but will be primarily based in Whangarei.
Before becoming a partner at Hardy Jones Clark, Mr Hunt was a partner of Gascoigne Wicks, also in Blenheim, between 1986 and 2007.
Mr Hunt has regularly appeared in the Family Court, is a youth advocate and has practiced in the area of resource management over the past ten years.
He acted for the Kaikoura District Council and has sat regularly as an independent commissioner on resource consent matters in Marlborough.
In the early part of his career Mr Hunt was involved in a broad mix of civil, family and criminal litigation including appearing as Senior Counsel in criminal jury trials in the District and High Courts.
Mr Hunt also leaves behind the Marlborough Boys' College board of trustees, of which he is a member, and his role as a director of the Tasman Rugby Union.
He has also served the community as an honorary solicitor to a number of community and sporting groups.
- The Marlborough Express