Margaret Wilson

Margaret Wilson

Margaret Wilson is Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Waikato.

Professor Wilson taught at Auckland Law School from 1972-1990 and was the founding Dean of Waikato Law School from 1990 to 1994 and remained on the teaching staff until 1999. From 1985 to 1989 she was Director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, from 1988 to 1989 as New Zealand Law Commissioner and in 1988 was Convenor of a Government Working Party on Equal Pay and Equal Opportunities. Margaret was also President NZ Labour Party from 1984 – 1987.

From 1999 to 2005 she was Minister of the Crown with positions including Attorney-General, Minister of Labour, Minister Responsible for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Minister of Commerce, Minister for Courts and Associate Minister of Justice. In 1999 she was elected a List Member of Parliament and 2005 to 2008 she was Speaker of Parliament. Margaret was appointed to be Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009.

Publications include

Culture, rights, and cultural rights: perspectives from the South Pacific, co-edited with Paul Hunt (Huia, 2000)

Justice and Identity: Antipodean Practices, co-edited with Anna Yeatman. (Bridget Williams Books, 1995)

Labour in government, 1984-1987 (Allen and Unwin/Port Nicholson Press, 1989)

Women and the law in New Zealand (Methuen, 1982)