Opposition leader Tina Browne has paid tribute to the late judge, after the 82-year-old passed away this weekend,
Browne is also a lawyer, and said she had the honour of presenting numerous cases before the former judge.
He was deeply respected in the Aotearoa and Cook Islands judiciary, and his service to the Aotearoa Maori people and judiciary was recognised in the 2015 New Year Honours.
Hingston was appointed to the Cook Islands land court in 2000 and retired in 2013.
He was also a Cook Islands High Court judge of Appeal, dealt with criminal sentencing and the complexities of electoral petitions.
“Ken Hingston served his Maori people with distinction and his mana extended to the Cook Islands and Niue,” Browne said.
“His contribution to law and order in three countries will long be remembered. Deepest condolences are extended to the family of Ken Heta Kingston.”