He Aituā – Kathy Ertel
Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā
Kua taka te kapua pōuri i runga i te whanau o tētahi wahine kaha nei ki te whakapoipoi,
ki te hapahapai i ngā take Māori, arā, ko Kathy Ertel.
It is with profound sadness that we have learnt of the passing of Kathy Ertel. Kathy was a former partner in Lucky Hain and a Consultant with Russell McVeagh before hanging out her shingle again and continuing to run a successful Wellington legal practice until her passing.
Kathy has been a vigorous and passionate advocate particularly involving Māori legal matters. At all times she acted with her clients’ interests at the forefront, determined to articulate their views to the best of her ability.
Kathy has made numerous valuable contributions to the Māori and Treaty legal sector including acting as junior counsel in the benchmark NZ Māori Council Lands case with Martin Dawson, represented clients in probably every Waitangi Tribunal Inquiry from 1994 to the present, and appeared in numerous High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings arguing for Māori. She has mentored many blossoming legal minds along the way and was a strong advocate for the advancement of Māori women in the legal profession.
Indeed it is immensely sad to hear of her passing. She will be missed by many.
Kathy’s memorial service will be held on Monday 29th February at 3pm at Old St Paul’s Cathedral, 34 Mulgrave Street, Pipitea in Wellington.
E te whaea, e te tuahine, hoki wairua atu ki ōu mātua tupuna, haere, haere, haere atu rā.