(1) The Chairperson of the Tribunal may from time to time appoint a Judge (including the Chief Judge) of the Maori Land Court as the deputy of the Chairperson of the Tribunal.
(2) In any case in which the Chairperson of the Tribunal becomes incapable of acting by reason of illness, absence, or other sufficient cause or during any vacancy in the office of Chairperson, the deputy of the Chairperson of the Tribunal shall have and may exercise all the powers, functions, and duties of the Chairperson.
(3) No acts done by a person holding office as the deputy of the Chairperson of the Tribunal in that person's capacity as such deputy, and no act done by the Tribunal while a deputy of the Chairperson of the Tribunal is acting as such deputy, shall in any proceedings be questioned on the ground that the occasion for the deputy's so acting had not arisen or had ceased.
Section 4A: inserted, on 1 January 1989, by section 3 of the Treaty of Waitangi Amendment Act 1988 (1988 No 233).
Section 4A(1): amended, on 11 December 1998, by section 3 of the Treaty of Waitangi Amendment Act 1998 (1998 No 113).