Rōia Hapori - Community Lawyer, Services to Māori

Community Law Wellington & Hutt Valley

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington

Community Law Wellington & Hutt Valley (CLWHV) is a registered charity, providing free legal advice and information for those in our community with unmet legal needs. Our vision is for a society where everyone can access justice.

Pou Whirinaki is our Services to Maori team. Our service aims to embody tikanga Maori values and solutions when we assist clients. We see legal needs in the context of an individual or community’s personal, social, spiritual, and cultural needs, and so we strive to solutions that contribute positively to not just the individual, but their whanau, hapu, iwi, and community.

We are currently recruiting for two kaimahi – a Roia Hapori (Community Lawyer) and a Pouako Hapori (Community Educator) to join our existing team of 1 roia, one kaihapai, and one community educator who is on parental leave. The main focus of your role will be the provision of legal advice, information, and representation to our clients at our offices and in our community at our outreach clinics. Pou Whirinaki works collaboratively, and will often tautoko one another’s mahi, so advocacy and community development are also in your job description.

All applicants must have a Roia Hapori you will need an LLB and either a current practising certificate, or eligibility for one.

You will also need:

  • To be passionate about te iwi Maori
  • To have a strong people-focused values system.

Any of the following pukenga will also be helpful to you in your application:

• te reo me ona tikanga
• critical analysis of the issues facing Maori
• experience in kaupapa Maori settings (such as marae, Maori organisations, ropu Maori)
• experience in community organisations
• knowledge of family, criminal, employment, civil, and Maori land law
• strong relationship building and communication skills
• great problem-solving skills.

We strongly encourage anyone who is interested to apply! We would love to hear from you.

We are a busy but flexible organisation who are committed to being a great place to work. We have a bicultural structure, a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and provide good rights and benefits for our kaimahi. 

To see a full job description, follow the link here: http://www.wclc.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Job-Description-Roia-Hapori-Pou-Whirinaki.pdf

Applicants interested in less than 37.5 hours are also welcome to apply. Please indicate this in your application.


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