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Happy New Year’s Honours

  • 17 January 2017

The AMINZ year has already got off to a thrilling start with a New Years Honours list in which three of our leading figures were recognised for their services to New Zealand.

As many of you will know, David A R Williams, QC, a barrister and arbitrator whose work in New Zealand and abroad includes cases heard in the Privy Council, was made a knight companion.

Sir David, a member of Bankside Chambers, in Auckland, and Singapore’s Maxwell Chambers, as well as being an associate member of Essex Court Chambers, in London, works primarily as one of the world's leading international arbitrators, but he also works as an honorary professor of law at the University of Auckland. He serves as president of the Cook Islands Court of Appeal.

The former High Court judge is a longtime AMINZ member, having held the position of President from 2004-2006, during which time he worked to establish the AMINZ Arbitration Appeals Tribunal.

He is also heavily involved with AMINZ International, a division of the Institute that seeks to promote New Zealand as a venue for international arbitrations from Australasia and Oceania.

Derek Firth, a past President who has served on various Panels and Committees, was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Mr Firth, a barrister and arbitrator, has represented New Zealand on the ICC International Court of Arbitration and is appointed to assess various cases by the World Bank. He is the former Chairman of the New Zealand National Committee of the International Court of Arbitration.

David Hosking received the Queen’s Service Medal in recognition of his work over the past 15 years as chairman of Highbrook Park Trust, which administers 40 hectares of park land adjacent to the Highbrook Business Park in East Tamaki.

Under Mr Hosking’s leadership the park has been developed with 12 kilometres of walking tracks and areas of geological interest, with plans for a rowing and water sports facility well progressed.A onetime chair of the Auckland Branch of Governance New Zealand, he has been involved in many other areas of management and fundraising.

Mr Hosking has long served on the AMINZ Complaints Committee.

We wish our heartiest congratulations to all three members.