La-Verne King of Taemaro, Te Tai Tokerau has been appointed as a District Court judge.
The senior lawyer, whose iwi include Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa and Ngati Paoa, was admitted to the bar in 1989.
She established the first Māori and Pasifika women law firm, KAM Legal, with Judge Ida Malosi and Ali’imuamua Sandra Alofivae in 1994. She also founded Doubtless Bay Law when she returned to the Far North in 2007.
King, who will also have jurisdiction as a Family Court judge, will be sworn in on 31 May.