Academic journal article New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations (Online)

Eulogy: Rosemary Monaghan

Academic journal article New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations (Online)

Eulogy: Rosemary Monaghan

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I have known Rosemary as a lawyer and, more recently, in my role as a Judge of the Employment Court where I got to assess, critically, some of Rosemary's work. I also had frequent informal but professional dealings with Rosemary about matters of common interest in employment law. I am speaking not only on behalf of my current fellow Judges of the Employment Court, but also of the now former Judges of the Court.

As I have said, in many ways, my professional relationship with Rosemary was rather like being an examiner marking her exam papers but without any end to that role in sight. Rosemary was the eternal student sitting exams and I, and my colleagues, the eternal markers of those exam papers. I know also that, as Chief of the Employment Relations Authority, Rosemary had a job that is sometimes described as 'herding cats', with the cats being the individual and independent judicial decision makers on the Authority. Rosemary herded her cats and kept them as well contained, albeit temporarily, as any musterer could have done.

Rosemary was, in all things, professional and discreet. In discussing a problem or a difficult issue, Rosemary always anonymised the participants so that it remained an issue of principle and not of personality. Rosemary took professional criticism professionally although I have to say it is difficult to find much for which to criticise her in her important work as an Employment Relations Authority Member. …

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