A lawyer with extensive experience in representing both the Crown and iwi claimants before the Waitangi Tribunal has been appointed as a temporary Maori Land Court judge.
Michael Doogan starts his role next year on 21 January, and will hold his temporary position for two years.
Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples says his depth of knowledge will be of great value to the current bench of the Maori Land Court.
Mr Doogan's temporary appointment is necessary to help with the workload of the court and the Waitangi Tribunal.
Maori Land Court judges also act as presiding officers in the tribunal.