|Hon. Heemi Taumaunu|
. . . he will investigate complaints by the members of the armed forces, appoint judge advocates to sit in courts-martial, and consider and report on the proceedings of courts-martial.
Judge Taumaunu, from Ngati Porou and Ngai Tahu, has been a judge of the Court Martial since 2012, and now becomes its deputy chief judge.
He currently sits in Auckland District Court and was instrumental in the development of rangatahi courts for young Maori offenders.
Before becoming a lawyer he was a regular force cadet and served as a soldier and later a non-commissioned officer in the Royal NZ Signals Corp[s].