Timaru lawyer becomes judge

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by Chris Tobin

Timaru barrister and solicitor Quentin Hix (53) has been appointed as a District Court Judge to be based in Christchurch.

“I’m looking forward to a new challenge,” he said on Tuesday.

“I’ve been doing law for just short of 30 years now and this is a different chapter.”

Of Ngai Tahu, Ngati Mamoe, Waitaha and Hawea descent, Mr Hix studied at Temuka High School and the University of Canterbury.

“I did two years in Christchurch after graduating, then took a year off to do a commerce degree and joined Petrie Mayman Clark in 1997.”

Mr Hix became a partner at the Timaru firm in 1994 and since 2004 has practised at his own firm, now known as Quentin Hix Legal Ltd.

“I’ve already sold three-quarters to senior lawyers in the firm last year and the remaining 25% will be sold,” he said.

Mr Hix would relocate Christchurch.

His current roles included being a director of Dunedin City Holdings Ltd, deputy chairman of the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd and a board member for Presbyterian Support South Canterbury.

Mr Hix was appointed the local representative on Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu in January 2010 and stepped down from that role in mid-2019.

He has recently completed just over eight years as a director of Ngai Tahu Holdings Ltd.

In August 2018 he was appointed a member of the Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group Te Uepu Hapai i Te Ora.

Judge Hix will be sworn in on February 29, at Arowhenua Marae.

Attorney-General David Parker announced 21 new District Court judges were being appointed.

A total of 14 judges were named on Tuesday and the remainder will be announced later this year.

Ten of the new judges are Maori, eight Pakeha, one Maori/Chinese and two Samoan. Twelve of the new judges are women.