Christian was admitted to the bar in 2009. He is an enthusiastic lawyer who has worked predominantly in the criminal jurisdiction in the Waitakere District Court. He is well versed in writing submissions on sentencing including discharges without conviction, community based sentences in lieu of disqualification, limited licences and special reasons not to disqualify.
Christian believes government commitment to New Zealand being a bilingual nation could only improve justice solutions for tanagata whenua. He believes poor health and education compound poverty problems, and improved health and education alleviate them.
In his spare time Christian cycles, gardens, and collects Crown Lynn crockery. Christian grew up in Birkdale on the North Shore and has lived with his family in Te Atatu Peninsula since 2002
Richard graduated with a Law Degree from Waikato University in 1994.
After being admitted to the Bar at the Auckland High Court he spent 2 years working at the Grey Lynn Neighbourhood Law Office before setting off on his OE in 1999.
Upon his return to NZ in 2001 he worked in the Corporate sector for 15 years predominantly in the area of ACC law.
Richard is passionate about Justice and the Law. His favourite piece of legislation is the NZ Bill of Rights.
In his spare time he likes to play the electric guitar – his style has been described as punk speed-metal.
Kate is a Community Lawyer / Rōia Hapori with a particular interest in alternative dispute resolution, procedural justice, human rights, and employment law.
Kate is the Law Centre's Legal Educator and is passionate about empowering people to stand up for their rights, make informed choices, and prevent legal issues before they arise.
Kate hails from Ahuriri and began volunteering at Waitemata Community Law Centre while still a law student. After being admitted to the bar, Kate joined our team as a full-time lawyer.
In her spare time, Kate enjoys reading, listening to podcasts and running, and is currently in training for the Hawke's Bay Marathon in 2018.
Gemma is our receptionist, who started with us in July 2017. She has NZQA level 3 in Business Administration and Computing from Manukau institute of technology.
Gemma managers our front desk and preforms administration duties.
Gemma and her family moved up from Feilding 6 years ago, they enjoy spending time together traveling around Auckland’s beaches. In her spare time loves baking and cake decorating.
Sheila is our receptionist, who started with us in June 2016. She has a Bachelor of Information Technology from Otago Polytechnic.
As well as managing our front-desk, her IT qualifications and skills has enabled her undertake and assist in the daily IT tasks in our office.
Sheila is of Niuean descent, who has lived in West Auckland most of her life. Sheila comes from a strong family orientated upbringing and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Jo has been the senior lawyer at WCLC for almost a year. She studied History and Law at Canterbury University, graduating in 1999.
Jo has practiced law in New Zealand, England and Ireland as well as worked with clients throughout the South Pacific. She has a background in civil litigation, employment, commercial and assisting charitable trusts.
Jo believes that the Community Law Centre’s strength is in our ability to support clients in legal and quasi/legal situations where they may not otherwise get assistance because it is not economic for a lawyer.
Jo is an aspiring bhakti yogi who enjoys music, dancing and reading
Sarah is an Egyptian born Kiwi who grew up in the Shore. She is a 2017 law graduate from AUT University. Sarah has been volunteering with us since March 2014 and is now a permanent team member.
What Sarah enjoys most about her job here is feeling a part of a whānau that allows her to give back to the community through using her legal skills. Her greatest desire is to build a reliable relationship with her clients and provide them with the tools they need to access social justice.
Sarah looks forward to her ongoing learning in all areas of law she has been exposed to while working with us. However her current future inspiration lies in gaining experience in litigation, human rights law and international law.
On any other day Sarah enjoys going on a solid beach walk or serving at her community church.
Ko Putahi te maunga.
Ko Mamari te waka.
Ko Ngapuhi te iwi.
Ko Rangi Maihi ahau.
Rangi was born and raised in Otara with whanau roots in Kaikohe. Passion for Maori and Treaty rights saw Rangi graduate from law school in 2000 and work in Maori policy and strategy in local government for 15 years.
More recent work with Whanau Ora showed Rangi first-hand the high needs whanau have for legal help. Rangi is now committed to meeting this need through community law services and is particularly interested in family law.
Rangi is a voracious reader, lifts weights and counts her kids and husband as the best thing in her life.
Ashika came from the beautiful island of Fiji. She joined our team in July 2017. She has completed her Diploma in Business Management and is working towards in pursuing her degree.
Ashika manages our Accounts and Administration department. She is analytical and detail-oriented professional with experience coordinating, planning, and supporting daily operational and administrative functions in her role.
In her time off she enjoys spending with family and friends, sightseeing and also leading a youth team in her community.