New High Court judges for Christchurch

Last updated 09:35 26/11/2013

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Two new judges have been appointed to the High Court at Christchurch.

The appointments of Cameron Mander and Rachel Dunningham were announced yesterday.

Mander was deputy solicitor-general responsible for the criminal group, and previously the human rights team, at Crown Law.

He was a prosecutor in Wellington before joining Crown Law where he oversaw the Crown Solicitors Network. He was responsible for the Crown's representation before the Royal Commission into the Pike River Mine Tragedy in 2011.

He also represented the Crown at high profile murder cases including Mark Lundy's appeal to the Privy Council, David Bain's retrial, and Clayton Weatherston's appeal against his conviction.

Dunningham is a former teacher who graduated with a law degree in 1996.

She has specialised in local government and resource management law, commercial disputes and personal and estate litigation.

She has particular expertise in water-related issues having acted for Rangitata Diversion Race Management and Central Plains Water in water order and resource management hearings.

She is currently President of the Canterbury-Westland Branch of the New Zealand Law Society.

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