Paul East, Our Master of Ceremonies

We are pleased to announce that the Rt Hon Paul East has accepted our invitation to be the Master of Ceremonies at the Indian Newslink Sir Anand Satyanand Lecture scheduled to be held at Stamford Plaza Hotel in Auckland City on Monday, July 4, 2011 from 630 pm.

Known for his humour and deep-rooted knowledge of law and quality governance, Mr East would be a fitting Master of Ceremonies at the Lecture, at which John Allen, Secretary & Chief Executive, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade would be the Guest Speaker.

He will speak on Shaping New Zealand’s Future: Leadership, Law and Laughter.

Panworld Travel Mangere is sponsoring the event at which Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand, Lady Susan Satyanand and Trade Minister Tim Groser will be our Guests of Honour.

Mr East is a distinguished son of New Zealand, with a brilliant career that spans 40 years almost to the date, as a Lawyer, Politician, and Diplomat.

He is currently a Public Law Consultant at Bell Gully (Wellington), one of the largest legal firms in New Zealand. He advises the firm’s clients on a number of legal issues and provides representation within the parliamentary and legislative framework.

Mr East has appeared before Parliamentary Select Committees on behalf of companies and organisations and made representations on a wide range of government regulations and legislation.

Beginning his career as a lawyer in 1971, Mr East was elected to the Rotorua City Council as Councillor and Deputy Mayor in 1974. Four years later, he was elected to Parliament. His Government portfolios included that of Attorney General, Minister in charge of Audit Office, Serious Fraud Office, Crown Health Enterprises, Defence, Corrections and War Pensions.

He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1995 and Her Majesty’s Privy Council in 1998. He was later New Zealand’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, (with simultaneous accreditation to) Republic of Ireland and Nigeria.

As well as being the Lead Negotiator for the Crown for Ngai Tuhoi Negotiations and Governor of Radio New Zealand, Mr East is on the board of several commercial and charitable organisations.

Queen Elizabeth II appointed him as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in her Birthday Honours 2005 in recognition of his services to Parliament and the Law.

Tickets to the Indian Newslink Sir Anand Satyanand Lecture, priced at $140 per person inclusive of GST, Cocktails and Dinner, can be obtained from the office of Indian Newslink. Phone (09) 5336377 Email: editor@indiannewslink.co.nz

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