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Duration: Friday 12 August (10am - 12.30pm)
Price: Choose Your Price (includes luncheon): $10, $15, $20
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Circa Theatre and the Wharewaka o Pōneke Charitable Trust are delighted to welcome you to a kōrero with Justice Joe Williams at Circa Theatre.

Justice Williams – the country’s first Māori Supreme Court Justice – was a member of 80s band ‘Aotearoa’ (most famous for their then controversial song Maranga Ake Ai) and will talk about the world he sees where artists lead the way.

This event is for performing artists but all who support creativity are welcome. There will be a luncheon following his talk. You must book at Circa Theatre to attend and there is a ‘choose your price’ option available.

Sponsored by the Theatre Artists Charitable Trust


Choose Your Price (includes luncheon): $10, $15, $20

Book online or call (04) 801 7992


9:30 AM – Arrival

10 AM – Mihi

10:15 AM – The Māori Sidesteps

10:25 AM – Dame Carolyn Henwood (Circa Theatre) and Liz Mellish, Chairman, Wharewaka o Pōneke Charitable Trust

10:35 AM – Introducing Denise Messiter on Using the Arts for Social Change

10:50 AM – Justice Williams kōrero on Artists as Leaders for Social Change

11:30 AM – Questions and discussion

12 PM – Closing karakia followed by kai









Justice Williams has an LLB from the Victoria University of Wellington and an LLM (Hons) from the University of British Columbia. He became a partner at Kensington Swan in 1992 and went on to co-found Walters Williams & Co in 1994. In 1999 he became Chief Judge of the Māori Land Court and was appointed Chairperson of the Waitangi Tribunal in 2004. Justice Williams was appointed a judge of the High Court in September 2008, a judge of the Court of appeal in February 2018, and a judge of the Supreme Court in May 2019.

Justice Williams’ iwi are Ngati Pūkenga, Waitaha and Tapuika.



  • The Māori Sidesteps
  • Jamie McCaskill (Ngāti Tamaterā)
  • Dame Carolyn Henwood
  • Liz Mellish, Chairman, Wharewaka o Pōneke Charitable Trust
  • Denise Messiter, ONZM (Ngāti Pukenga)
  • Justice Joe Williams (Ngāti Pukenga, Te Arawa)