Richard Kearney (judge)
Kearney was a very experienced District Court Judge, first in Wellington until 1989 when he moved to the Bay of Plenty, where he presided as a judge at the Tauranga District Court. He retired from his position at the Court in 1995, but joined the Waitangi Tribunal shortly afterwards in 1996, serving on it for eight years. He was the presiding officer in respect of important Treaty of Waitangi enquiries: Tauranga Moana (Wai 215); Flora and Fauna (Wai 262); and the Wananga Capital Establishment Claim (Wai 718). He was also the chairman of the Indecent Publications Tribunal and a member of that body.
Chairing of Tauranga land claims
Kearney's heaviest assignment in his later years was as a presiding judge for the Waitangi Tribunal hearings on Maori land claims in Tauranga (Wai 215). Beginning in 1998 he presided over more 200 hearings including the hearing of the evidence of more than 50 individual claimants (all of which were found to have justifiable grievances). Resulting from these hearings a report was written which was presented to the Welcome Bay's Hairini marae in September 2004 with Judge Kearney being a guest at the event.
- St Peter's College Magazine 1989, p. 44.
- "Former Waitangi Tribunal judge Richard Kearney dies". The New Zealand Herald. NZPA. 29 March 2005. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
- Hon Michael Cullen, Address to Waitangi tribunal members, 23 November 2005
- Turanga Tangata Turanga Whenua: The Report on the Turanganui a Kiwa Claims, Waitangi Tribunal, 2004.
- Flora and Fauna (Wai 262) Inquiry, Waitangi Tribunal, status of the Inquiry (accessed 13 July 2010).
- The Wananga Capital Establishment Report, Waitangi Tribunal, 1999.
- Lambert, Max (31 December 2005). "2005 Obituaries: Lost leaders at head of final roll-call". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
- Indecent Publications Tribunal, NZ Herald, 28 December 1985, p. 5.