Our Management Team

The Management Team is a key component to the development and direction of The Māori Land Court. The Management Team includes the Senior Management Team and the District Managers.

Senior Management Team

The Māori Land Court Senior Management Team is based at the National Office, Wellington and is responsible for directing the vision and operations of the Māori Land Court administration. The senior management comprises the Director Māori Land Court and National Operations Manager who are supported by a team advisors and administration support staff located in Wellington.


Director, Chief Registrar | Julie Tangaere

National Operations Manager | Steve Gunson

Director, Chief Registrar | Julie Tangaere


Ngāti Kahungunu and Chinese descent

Julie’s career with the public service started as a temporary Clerk at the Department of Māori Affairs in Hastings. This was the beginning of a career which has now spanned over 20 years in the Māori Land Court both in Hastings and at the National Office in Wellington.
In more recent years, she has held senior positions such as the Senior Advisor Operational Policy, Regional Director and Registrar of the Māori Land Courts, Tairāwhiti (Gisborne), Tākitimu (Hastings) and Te Waipounamu (Christchurch) and prior to her current appointment, was the National Operations Manager based in Wellington.

In addition to her current role as Director Māori Land Court, Julie is also the Acting Director of the Waitangi Tribunal Unit.

Julie holds a Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Management (with Distinction) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Massey University.

Julie was born and raised in Hastings, Hawkes Bay. She is married with three children and three mokopuna.


National Operations Manager | Steve Gunson

Steve Gunson

Ngāti Toa Rangatira,Te Atiawa, Ngāti Raukawa

Steve has lead and managed teams within the Public Sector for over 10 years and comes to the Māori Land Court from the Waitangi Tribunal where he was the Manager Claims/Registrarial Services.

Prior to joining the Waitangi Tribunal Steve worked at the Ministry of Social Development managing various teams within IT Customer Services.

Before working in the Public Sector Steve was an IT Professional working within the Private Sector.


District Managers

Tai Tokerau (Whāngarei) | Don Cameron

Don Cameron Don joined the Māori Land Court, Whanganui in 1990 having previously worked in the Department of Māori Affairs in Whanganui from 1983 to 1989.  He was born in Whanganui where he completed his secondary schooling at St Augustines College.  He brings extensive knowledge and experience to the role of District Manager, Taitokerau, a position that he was recently appointed to in October 2011.


Waikato Maniapoto (Hamilton) | Tania Woodhouse

Tania Woodhouse Tania has joined the Maori Land Court on secondment. She is currently employed by Land Information NZ (LINZ), in the Survey and Titles Operations team based in Hamilton, and has been since 1990. During her 22 years with LINZ she has seen the change from a manual paper based environment, to a customer focussed, technology savvy environment, ensuring greater efficiency and effectiveness of transacting work. She has been a Team Manager for the last 12 years working with the Counter team and Technical Support staff. Most recently she has been managing the Titles Registration team and has been representing LINZ on the Māori Land Court/LINZ Working Group – looking at options for creating greater working relationships between our 2 offices.


Waiariki (Rotorua) | Graeme Vercoe

 Graeme Vercone Graeme joined the Māori Land Court in 2005 as Regional Director in Rotorua. Prior to this he held a number of management positions with the Department of Corrections and Department of Justice. Graeme served with the New Zealand Army for over 20 years, until retiring in the rank of substantive Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal NZ Infantry Corps. Graeme was awarded a Queens Service Medal for public services in the 2008 Queens Birthday Honours list. He is affiliated to Ngaitai, Whakatohea, Ngati Pikiao and Tuhoe.


Tairāwhiti (Gisborne) | Liz South

Tākitimu (Hastings) | Joy Scott

Joy Kirk Joy joined the Māori Land Court after nearly three years with the Wairoa District Council as Māori Liaison Officer. She has worked previously with the Department of Labour, Ministry of Transport, and State Services Commission. She has Bachelor qualifications in Laws and Arts and has a Diploma in Māoritanga. Joy is affiliated to Ngati Kahungunu.


Aotea | Blair Anderson

Blair Anderson Blair returned to the Ministry of Justice and Māori Land Court after an absence of five years. He started his career with the Department of Māori Affairs and moved into the Ministry when it took over responsibility for servicing the Court. For three years Blair worked as a Contracts Advisor for Te Puni Kokiri and prior to this he worked with the Department of Internal Affairs in the Local Government and Community Branch. Blair is affiliated with Ngā Rauru, Ngati Ruanui, Ati Hau Nui a Paparangi, Te Ati Awa, Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Paoa, and Ngati Maniapoto.


Te Waipounmu (Christchurch) | Carol Smith

Carol Smith Carol has worked in the Māori Land Court since 1985. She was appointed Christchurch Team Manager Operations in 2005. Throughout this time Carol has participated at a local and national level within the Court through her involvement with various projects and through the management and direction she has provided to the Christchurch office. Carol is affiliated to Ngāti Pikiao, Tuhourangi me Ngāti Wahiao, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui.


Specialist Applications (Wellington) | Kura Barrett

Kura Barrett Kura has worked in the Māori Land Court since 2005. She started as a Team Member Advisory in the Hamilton office and was appointed Team Manager Advisory in the Christchurch office in 2007. Kura has a Bachelor of Laws, previous to this she worked in the area of outdoor education. Kura is a descendant of Tainui and Mataatua waka.