Hon Christopher Finlayson
1 September 2011
Acting Chief Coroner appointed
Waikato Coroner Gordon Matenga has been appointed Acting Chief Coroner from 1 September until 31 October while Judge
Neil MacLean is on leave, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.
Coroner Matenga has been hearing evidence at the inquest for the victims of the Christchurch earthquake this week, and
is also hearing a joint Inquest into a number of cycling related deaths
Coroner Matenga was appointed as a Coroner in June 2007,under the new Coroners Act 2006, having been a Coroner since
1996. He identifies as Ngati Kahungunu, Rongomaiwaihine, Ngati Porou and Ngai Tahu.