Former National MP Kate Wilkinson has been appointed to the Environment Court. Ms Wilkinson was in Parliament from 2005 until retirement last year, and held portfolios including Conservation, Labour and Food Safety.

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson today announced the appointment of Ms Wilkinson and the reappointment of Kathryn Edmonds as Commissioners of the Environment Court, both for a five-year term.

The court considers applications and appeals made under the Resource Management Act, and it has jurisdiction under other legislation.

Ms Wilkinson was a lawyer for 26 years before she entered Parliament.

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Prior to joining the environment court, Ms Edmonds practised as a solicitor and headed the environmental division of a large consultancy firm.